Volunteers bid to protect canal and its wildlife
Volunteers have been working to help protect water quality on the canal to ensure a healthy eco system for plants, fish and wildlife.
When surface water from rainfall runs off into the canal system, it can carry pollutants including oils, chemicals and silt which all affect water quality. Unlicensed outlets into the canal are also a significant environmental issue for the canal network.
The Canal and River Trust does vital work to monitor what is being discharged into the canal.
Volunteers from the Sutton Parish Plan steering group have been working with the Canal and River Trust to carry out a survey of the canal, identifying the pipes and drains which discharge into the canal and noting whether there are any signs of pollution.
The data is then being mapped by the environmental team, who will follow up any potential pollution hazards.
The information will also be used by the Canal and River Trust which manages agreements with adjacent land owners who wish to discharge surface water into the canal system, generating income for the trust.
Louie Ramsden, who is Canal and River Trust environmental scientist, said: “Our canals and waterways are havens for plants and animals and it’s essential we look after the water quality to safeguard their survival.
“This is not a new problem but until now we have been short of resources to tackle it. Now with the help of the Sutton volunteers we have been able to carry out this work to help us safeguard the water quality of the Macclesfield Canal.”
●● The Macclesfield Canal in Sutton