Boat Owners Who Dump Sewage Are Being Targeted In A New Campaign

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:51 04 May 2010

IRRESPONSIBLE boaters who dump sewage directly into the river are being targeted in a new campaign. The Environment Agency launched the campaign on Monday, following reports of incidents along the Ely Ouse and River Cam, which have been harmful to wildlif

IRRESPONSIBLE boaters who dump sewage directly into the river are being targeted in a new campaign.

The Environment Agency launched the campaign on Monday, following reports of incidents along the Ely Ouse and River Cam, which have been harmful to wildlife and unpleasant for others living in the area.

Staff from the Environment Agency handed out leaflets to boat owners, many of whom live on their boats, to ensure that they are disposing of their sewage at facilities specially set up for boaters in Ely.

Sarah Wicks, an environment officer for the Environment Agency, said: "Most boaters dispose their sewage correctly but we want to eliminate the irresponsible behaviour of the few.

"The rivers are used by rowers, canoeists and anglers, as well as boaters, and the banks are used by walkers and cyclists. We need to keep the rivers clean for everyone and for wildlife."

She added: "We want the public to contact us if they witness any sewage discharge."

The team also gave boat owners advice on the correct methods of waste disposal, as well as giving away oil absorbent pads.

Anyone who witnesses an illegal discharge on the rivers should contact the Environment Agency on 0800 807060 or the Cam Conservators on 01223 863785.

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