River health

The Field - - LETTERS -

The Com­ment in your May is­sue deals with the health of our rivers. More needs to be done and this will prob­a­bly con­tinue due to costs and the way we live now.

As a school­boy, my daily walk to/from school in the 1940s was over the Colne at Milns­bridge, a few miles out­side Hud­der­s­field. Tex­tile mills oper­ated at full tilt in those days. To­wards teatime, on the way home, the river was a dif­fer­ent colour each day. This was due to the mills’ dye­baths be­ing opened; sur­plus dyestuffs and their aux­il­iaries be­ing vented. To where? To the River Colne, where else? It was nor­mal.

I un­der­stand that fish were suc­cess­fully rein­tro­duced years ago so, at the same time as ac­cept­ing there will al­ways be more to be done, it would be churl­ish to avoid recog­nis­ing such mas­sive progress in pol­lu­tion pre­ven­tion for the ben­e­fit of all, in­clud­ing the fish.

Ray­mond Barry, Laytham, York

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