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Farming culture unfortunately in a previous job I visited a lot of farmers and they often referred to the rivers as the means to dispose of unwanted rubbish - I think the worst I’ve seen is the dead calves dumped in the river this year not nice to see them hung up in the bushes decomposing, I assume they are young that have died and not been swept in by the river from the field as there are no tags in the earsNot everyone closes their eyes. It's a different place. The dumping / flytipping culture is embedded over several generations. The local saying is "send it to Sunderland". Every farm has a dump on its land to save money on disposing of rubbish properly. We once cut open a dumpy bag to reveal it filled with around a hundred neatly folded feed bags. The dumpy bag was dumped juat a few yards from the river bank, because the floods would eventually take it away to Sunderland. If a farm is next to the river, the dump is the river bank. Businesses who throw old desks into the river 50 yards away.
There are individuals (not me) who do a huge amount to clean up the river and make it better for everyone. There is a rivers trust. There is a lot of work done by clubs on clean up days. But for the most part it is cleaning up and if that stops it will be back to square one. I've reported things ranging from beck digging to farmers dumps to kennels dumping their bags full of dog **** laden kennel saw dust into the river. I like to plant trees where they are needed and occasionally help out my brother who is amazing at doing what he does.
From Bishop downover, he tells me, its pretty much a losing battle unless something big happens to change how WE treat the river and our environment.
The EA has the power to educate and change cultures, and prosecute where necessary. I just don't see much happening. Maybe it is and someone from the EA reading this can put me right.