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Smith Calls For Protection Of Our Waterways

Waterways

Local councillor, Duncan Smith (Lab) who is a keen angler, has described the latest fish kill on the River Tolka as another example of the vulnerability of our urban waterways to pollution.

Smith, who is leading a community angling initiative at Usher’s Lake in Swords, was a junior member of the Tolka Trout Angling Association, has called for a national strategy to protect our urban waterways.

Smith said, “We are all attracted by our rivers, canals, ponds and lakes whether to fish or just to walk around and enjoy the abundant nature and peaceful surrounds. We cannot put a price on the value of these amenities, particularly in large towns and cities. The interconnectivity of our sewage system and our waterways means a pollution related fish kill event is always a possibility.”

“This latest kill was apparently due to a car tyre being dumped in a sewer causing a blockage and overflow. This simple yet malicious act has had a devastating impact on a near 3km stretch of the River Tolka.

“I would like to see a risk assessment done by Irish Water in conjunction with our Local Authorities to highlight risk areas for pollution and put in place environmental plans at these locations so any pollution events are avoided and don’t impact on our fish population.