Algae in the Jubilee River - What do you think?
The Environment Agency has produced a warning sign that states:
'These pose no risk to human health or the environment'
29/7/10 - Algae in the Jubilee River again (a Health and Safety issue)
Algal mat warning sign - July 2009
The National Rivers Authority failed to heed concerns about algae at the 1992 MWEFAS Public Inquiry.
Now almost every year the Jubilee River is heavily contaminated with dangerous algae and weed, and most of my attempts to get the Environment Agency to acknowledge responsibility and take action have failed.
The Environment Agency now refuses to talk to me about algae.
Since April 2008 the Environment Agency no longer has Crown Immunity from prosecution.
The algae growth rate is dependent on the weather. The slow flowing, warm water in the Jubilee River shallows is heavily polluted with nitrates and phosphates from agricultural runoff into the Thames.
It is the sub-standard design and operation of the Jubilee River that supports the effective and efficient production and retention of algae creating a significant health and safety issue.
I have many pictures taken over the years - below are some representative samples
Algae - Manor Farm Weir - Aug 2004 (589kB)
Algae - Slough Weir - Aug 2005 (556kB)
Algae - Black Potts - July 2006 (High resolution image)
Algae - Slough Weir - July 2006 (High resolution image)
Algae - Marsh Lane - July 2006 (High resolution image)
Algae - composite view - Black Potts - July 2006 (560kB)
Algae - Slough Weir - July 2010
Algae - Slough Weir - panoramic - August 2010 (370kB)
Letter from Robert Runcie (June 2006) suggesting that there will be no further correspondence on the issue.