Fishing the Hogsmill
Folk concerned with the Hogsmill at Old Malden as well as the Beverley brook have both reporting fish kills over the last few days (30.7.18, NIRS 1638172).
Unfortunately it is not possible to discuss someone else's NIRS number with the Environment Agency, due to our friend and saviour - data protection. This was the final word of the EA - on their 03708506506 number-suggested by the an operative on the emergency EA number to tie-up local fish kills. In fact, in order to discuss our local fish kills with the EA, I would need to drive to Old Malden, witness dead fish, report it on 0800 807060 and obtain my own NIRS number.
There have also been reports of blue-green algae (Beverley) so I suggested that notices be put up to warn people to stop pets entering the water course and was told that the EA are not tasked with public safety and this was a job for Environmental Health. So if you wanted to report blue green algae, before you ring the council, I defy you to first of all know what borough you are in!
The number to ring if you see distressed fish is freephone 0800807060