Pollution incident on Cunsey beck, Windermere

On Wednesday 22nd June 2022 South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT) were alerted by a member of the public to a pollution incident on Cunsey beck. It was reported that there had been a large number of fish deaths and visual accounts of grey and foul-smelling water. Environment Agency (EA) officers have attended the scene and started an investigation.
The effects of such pollution can have a devastating event on a rivers ecology and may have profound impacts into the future; we eagerly await the results of the EA’s investigation.
In the meantime, SCRT staff were on site yesterday to take water samples on Cunsey beck and our analysis confirms elevated levels of ammonia and turbidity.
We will keep you informed of any updates and inform the public about the results of the EA’s investigation when it has been concluded. We will then release another statement.
SCRT will continue our hard work to help our rivers thrive. See our website for more information; www.scrt.co.uk

Statement by Peter Evoy, South Cumbria Rivers Trust Director about the pollution incident on Cunsey beck, Windermere.