River Witham decimation truth ultimately begins to emerge

THE Environment Agency say the devastating River Witham fish kill could have killed many hundreds of thousands of fish .

Just a few of the dead fish from the River Witham pollution .

Just a few of the dead fish from the River Witham pollution.

As we reported in March, the EA wouldnat reveal a figure of dead River Witham fish but Angleras Mail estimated it to be tens of thousands.

Now the EA have confirmed the death toll from Bardney Lock down to Boston could be” several times higher than 100,000 a but wouldnat disclose the source of the ammonia as it would prejudice its investigation.

In a statement, the EA said:” According to our latest estimates, the pollution that occurred in the River Witham in March has caused the death of no fewer than 100,000 fish. The exact figure is likely to be higher and could be several times this .”

New European Union laws that areA in place mean that wealthy firms now have to pay much more, like the record APS2 0.3 million fine to Thames Water last year.

But former barbel record holder and conservationist Ray Walton believes these donat go far enough.

Ray fumed: aDepending on who the polluter is and history, they should be prosecuted, fined out of their own personal assets and the directors jailed.

aAs with the APS2 0million Thames Water fine, it is not enough as they are continuing carry on doing it. It is cheaper in the long term to pollute than pay the costs of proper therapy and maintenance.a

Lauren Vickers CEO of the Lincolnshire River Trust told: aWe are utterly devastated by this massive loss of fish. If any other animal was lost at this scale there would be a national outcry.a

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