This post is well and truly late, sorry. After the last pollution incident of the Dean Burn, people have been even more determined to try to protect our environment and keep an eye on our local water courses. Thank you to those who volunteer to keep watch.

Sure enough another water pollution incident arose. On 27 September 2013.

But it’s the same old story where those who are formally tasked and responsible to monitor these type of things just can’t respond in a timely fashion. So the water pollution gets washed downstream and the pollution source “cannot be identified”.

Well, it’s noted here. The Dean Burn was polluted again on 27 September 2013.

Richard Fisher, Environmental Officer, responded in an email to the person who reported the pollution of the Dean Burn on the 27th of September…
“I arrived on site [Whitecleave Quarry] at approx. 13:00hrs on the 27th, by which time the Dean Burn and River Mardle had cleared and there were no residual signs of pollution that allowed me to track its source.”

However, and importantly, what his email then brought to light was the absence of any sampling of the discharges to water courses from Gilpin Demolition’s operations at Whitecleave Quarry!…

“I have spoken to the Environment Agency’s sampling team and it is my understanding that the site is not currently routinely sampled.”

Here are the pictures taken on the day. This first picture is of the cloudy and polluted Dean Burn taken on 27 September 2013 at 11:15 a.m. at The Millenium Green Orchard where it passes Station Road Car Park…

The picture below is of the Dean Burn upstream of Whitecleave Quarry on 27 September 2013 at 12:00 noon showing the river running clear. So something has been discharged into the river between Whitecleave Quarry and The Millennium Green Orchard!