Agencies responsible for responding to any pollution incidents on Gloucestershire’s waterways met at Saul Junction on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal this week, to share their expertise and agree emergency response plans.
Teams from the Trust, the Environment Agency, Bristol Water and the Fire and Rescue Service met to learn more about the waterway network and its uses, demonstrate equipment and compare emergency procedures.
Rob Eaton, customer operations manager at the Trust, said: "Pollution incidents can be hugely damaging to the waterways, which is why it’s really important that we’re all as prepared as we can be. Sharing information, approaches and equipment like this means we can come up with the best way to work together and minimize the impact of anything that happens. We’re really grateful for all of the teams that came along for getting involved."
Ian Jones, Environment Agency manager for the Gloucestershire area, said: "We always value opportunities to work together with our partners to ensure that our response when an incident occurs is as quick and effective as it can be. It was great to get together with the Canal & River Trust, Bristol Water and the Fire and Rescue Service to devise a plan to tackle pollution to Gloucestershire’s waterways, minimise the effects on the local environment and safeguard drinking water supplies.
"Avoiding pollution incidents is, of course, the place to start. Practical advice on how to avoid pollution can be found online. Notwithstanding this, should anyone witness any pollution, please let us know via our incident hotline on 0800 807060"