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River Gamman pollution sparks appeal for information

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is appealing to local residents for information on a pollution incident that took place on the River Gamman in Nevern, Pembrokeshire.

The incident was reported on the 29 January 2018 with initial investigations suggesting agricultural effluent or slurry could be the cause.

Officers are on site and will be carrying out biological surveys to test the long and short term effects the pollution will have on the river.

NRW officers are also working with farmers in the area to provide advice and guidance to reduce the risk of pollution from their farms.

Investigations are being carried out to find the source of the pollution and appropriate action will be carried out where necessary.

Robert Phillips, Environment Officer for NRW, said:

“Protecting Wales’ rivers, along with the plants and wildlife that inhabit them, is one of our biggest priorities.

“We not only want to repair any damage the pollution may have caused but also stop it at source wherever we can.

“You may see our vehicles around in the coming weeks while we investigate and test the River Gamman.

If anyone has information on the cause of the incident, please get in touch.”

Any information that can help the investigation can be reported to our 24-hour incidents hotline on 0300 065 3000 by quoting incident number 1800505.

Update 19 February 2018

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) officers were contacted by several local people following an appeal for information on potential pollution sources in the River Gamman catchment in Pembrokeshire.

Robert Phillips from NRW said:

“We would like to thank those people that took the time to respond to us.

“Around the same time we were informed of another serious pollution incident. Our officers attended, identified the source and we’re now considering appropriate enforcement action.

“We’ve spoken to and offered advice to the land owner on best practice for pollution prevention to reduce the risk of this happening again.”

If anyone has any further information about the pollution, they should report it to NRW’s incident hotline on 0300 065 3000.

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