Conservation

 

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Fergal the frog with fly Did you know...?

The River Trent has been polluted in many ways, making the water dangerous in parts and causing some wildlife to die. How? And what is being done to protect the Trent's water and its wildlife?

bulletIn Stoke-on-Trent, overflows of water cause sewage to flow into the river. The government will be spending millions of pounds over the next 5 years to improve sewage works and prevent overflows into rivers all over England, including the River Trent.
bulletIndustry - Industry is not using the Trent's water as much now, so less damage is being caused. The Trent is cleaner than it was. The pottery industries of Stoke have declined and improved there environmental impact.
bulletHot water put into the Trent from power stations has killed some life in the river. The power stations are now trying to control the temperature of the water put back into the Trent. The power stations now aerate the water preventing many fish from dying.
bulletCollieries (where coal is mined) caused the water to become salty in some places. Many collieries have closed so there is less of a risk to the Trent now.
bulletGas works have caused dangerous chemicals to be put into the water. Now that much of our gas comes from the North Sea, gas works along the Trent are less of a problem.

Due to the effects of the pollution some wildlife disappeared from the Trent completely, for example, salmon and otters. Today, there are organizations that work to protect the environment around the Trent and consequently the water quality has greatly improved. The 'Environment Agency' has been able to re-introduce salmon back to the Trent and efforts are being made to re-introduce the otter and other animals/fish. Conservation areas have also been created to protect wildlife along the banks of the river.