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Free pollution booms are a boon to North West Canals

Water quality and wildlife biodiversity on North West canals has received a boost, thanks to a gift of dozens of pollution booms donated to us.

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Darcy Spillcare, a leading provider of pollution control products, manufactures the white polypropylene booms in their Birkenhead factory and has passed on 800 metres to us to help protect the region's beautiful inland waterways.

The booms, which look like long white socks, float on the water surface to contain oil and diesel spills, helping us to clean up water in the event of a pollution incident.

Keeping our waters clean and healthy

Louie Ramsden, our environmental scientist, said: “We are very grateful for this gift, which will help in our charitable work to keep our canal water clean and healthy for the benefit of wildlife and the communities who love spending time by the water.

“The main threat is pollution from discharges, particularly in urban areas, and fuel leaks from boats using the waterways. When spillages occur, it's very important for us to try to contain the pollution before it can spread further, reducing the damage it can cause to the ecology of the canal. Responding to pollution incidents costs the Trust tens of thousands of pounds every year in staff time and equipment. So this donation will give us a significant boost over the coming year and allow more resources to be invested in beneficial activities, like enhancing the biodiversity of our wonderful blue/green corridors.”

Boom on canal

Protecting our waterways

Lauren Gower, Darcy Spillcare procurement director, said: “We are really pleased to be able to help the Canal & River Trust protect their waterways and hope this will raise further awareness with the public to prevent and report incidents as soon as possible.”

We are appealing to all members of the public to keep a watchful eye out for potential pollution incidents as they walk, cruise or ride along their local canal. A quick response to spillages can often stop pollution incidents from spreading and causing wider damage. Suspected serious incidents can be reported to the Environment Agency hotline (0800 807060) and the Trust on 0800 4799947, or 03030 404040 for more minor problems.

Last Edited: 13 October 2022

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