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.