October 9, 2012
Bugs Now on the Beach at Bude and in South Devon
It's been raining hard all day here in the Haldon Hills. If you're wondering why that's happening yet again please peruse my recent articles on how climate change causes Arctic sea-ice to disappear, which causes frequent floods here in South West England, which causes unpleasant bugs to go swimming around our beaches. Putting all that together at the present moment, here's how the information available online looks as we speak.
The Environment Agency has issued amber flood alerts for a number of rivers across Devon. These include parts of the rivers Clyst, Culm, Exe, Otter and Sid, as well as the river Neet at Bude in North Cornwall:
If we now drill down a bit further and click on the link to the Upper River Tamar we can see what's happening in and around Bude:
It certainly looks like the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO for short) at Bude will be having some problems at the moment, so lets go and take a look at the Surfers Against Sewage interactive map of sewage spills around the South West:
As you can see, sewage is currently finding it's way into the sea at Bude and Westward Ho! on the north coast, and a total of 7 beaches in South Devon. Clicking on one of the red flags on the map reveals the following:
As you can see there is currently a:
Short term pollution incident at Bude Summerleaze
Date: October 9, 2012, 14:19
SAS SEWAGE ALERT
Sewage is currently discharging at Bude Summerleaze. This can have a serious impact on water quality.
Anyone fancy a swim? Anyone else fancy some renewable energy generation in their own "back yard"?
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