Investigation under way after significant fish kill

AN investigation is under way following a pollution incident near St Johnston that killed a significant number of fish.

Donegal County Council said it was contacted by a member of the public on Tuesday afternoon who reported what appeared to be cattle slurry in the St Johnston Burn waterway.
Council staff from the Water and Environment Service in collaboration with fisheries officers from the Loughs Agency managed to trace the pollution back to a farm 8km upstream of the village. It was ascertained that an unknown quantity of slurry had entered the burn the previous day.
Fisheries officers have confirmed that a significant quantity of dead juvenile fish were found in the lower section of the Burn as it discharges into the River Foyle.
 A spokesperson for Donegal County Council said, “The Loughs Agency and Donegal County Council will continue to work closely to monitor the discharge point source and water course over the coming days and weeks and pursue enforcement action as appropriate.
“This incident has highlighted the importance for farmers and contractors to take extreme care to avoid the discharge of slurry and contaminated water into water courses during what is a very busy time for them and to immediately report any accidental discharges to the council and either the Loughs Agency or Inland Fisheries Ireland.
“The importance of early and effective intervention by the farmer or contractor and state agencies can help to reduce the impact of such discharges on the fish population and the environment in general.



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