The River Stour Big Flood Of 27th December 2017

The River Stour was in big flood yesterday, as opposed to being in great flood. In a big flood, River Stour waters trickle over its bank onto the marsh. In a great flood, the waters gush over the riverbanks and turn much of Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve into a series of lakes. Marsh flooding is not a problem because it’s a natural floodplain and flooding is a natural event. What’s really nasty, and not at all welcome, is the large amounts of plastic and metal rubbish washing onto the marsh and out to sea.

A huge amount of plastic and metal rubbish has now found its way into the River Severn and is well on its way to the oceans, where it will circle the earth many times and threaten the health and lives of fish that the world fishing industry has not yet managed catch in its huge nets. Whether the various types of River Stour rubbish stays trapped in the river or is washed out to sea, it’s very bad news indeed. The big question is: Do we want to pay for it to be collected and disposed of in an environmentally friendly way? Maybe we would like people and organisations producing the rubbish to pay for its proper disposal! Either way, every one of us will end-up footing the bill.

Transition Stourbridge are doing their bit to clean up the River Stour.

Wyre Forest Council and the Environment Agency have had a go at clearing the rubbish from the Kidderminster section of the River Stour.

There is also THE RIVER STOUR CLEAR WATER PROJECT Facebook page.

16 Comments on “The River Stour Big Flood Of 27th December 2017

  1. Your video really brings home the scourge of plastic and other litter that people are too lazy to dispose of properly after using those items. Bring back returnable containers! Easy to say, but how do we educate people to clean up after themselves?

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  2. The rubbish is a nightmare. There is no doubt in my mind that lovely though it is to think that a whole population might change its mind about waste disposal overnight, this is a matter for swift and decisive government action. Unfortunately……..

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    • With increasing numbers of people prepared to dump lorry and van loads of rubbish down country lanes for others to clean up, something drastic has to be done to solve the problem. Stopping flytipping, large and small, is a priority. Fortunately, there are organisations trying to clear the rubbish from the River Stour, and from many other rivers and streams throughout the country, but it will never be enough. The instinct to leave problems for others to solve is a strong one.


    • It’s strange behaviour, Tom. Is it a lack of education? Is it that some believe that they have paid their taxes to employ others to collect their rubbish? Do some people believe they doing a person out of a job if they dispose of their waste properly?

      I am unable to drive a vehicle without a seatbelt. I am unable to throw even very small items of rubbish into the environment. I don’t us my mobile while driving. There are things that can be done, but aren’t most laws vote driven?


  3. One more thing:
    When i was a kid and hung around lakes a lot, i realized that our planet was in big trouble from human beings. I’m 66 years old now, and i was right back then.
    The decline in animals living in rivers, lakes and wetlands (worldwide) is the worst — 76% of freshwater wildlife disappeared in just the last 40 years according to the World Wide Fund for Nature’s Living Planet Index.

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    • Civilisations rise, fall and become extinct, Tom. Perhaps this is the way of the world. I am 66, too. Hopefully, I will have lived my life before the fall of civilisation, but my sons and grandchildren might not be so fortunate. Maybe governments are working towards moving industry and waste off-planet, but they will have to get rid of space junk first.


  4. I read recently that China will stop taking our lower grade plastic – We currently send two-thirds of our plastic waste exports to China, so there are fears it will end up getting sent to landfill here instead. Would be great if we could ban plastic packaging, but we’re all so reliant on it now. We managed without it in the past though and I’m sure would do so again if we prioritised the sea over cheap packaging.

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    • It would be great if all rubbish were converted to biodegradable packaging and used to make useful everyday items, but isn’t this the Holy Grail of rubbish recycling. Even when we go to the trouble of placing free rubbish recycling centres close at hand all over the country, there are still those preferring to dump their rubbish illegally.


  5. It’s a sad sight i see on every river and beach low tide. They say that by the year 2020 there will be more plastic bottles and bags in the sea than fish. A horrific thought.

    Every time I walk down the back of my apartment block to the nature reserve or river i see discarded water bottles and take away containers (and I mean like 2-3 yards from the buildings, not 50 yards down the path. I’ve cleaned them up a couple of times, but why people don’t drop them in the nearby rubbish bins is still a mystery to me.


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