In yesterdays Sunday Times,there was a good article entitled "River life threatened by water company greed"Now I'll not go into the article in to much length on here.As no doubt you can view this article via the Times online,but It is well worth a read in my opinion.
The Mimram and Beane rivers that rise from the Hertfordshire chalk,and join the river Lea at Hertford are drained of about 55m litres a day.
The Kennet is also drained of about 35m liters a day.Now you read an awful lot of people both online and in the press,moaning about the problem of Otter predation etc,etc.
But is water abstraction a bigger threat ?How much water do your regions loose per day through broken pipes and "natural wastage" ?Also If you do look at the Times online ? Another very good article by Brian Clarke appeared in today's Times news paper.He writes an angling article on the first Monday of each month.His words summed an awful lot for me.And I would guess many others also ?
Where am I leading with this ?Well If this dry and hot weather continues ?Will you still fish for let us say Barbel,in these low water conditions and lack of oxygen in the water ?It's a difficult one to be honest.Not everyone follows the Barbel Society's handling code.Which is probably the best thing they have online to try and educate others(that's not a dig at the BS),it's mild praise.
Try and read both articles and form your own opinions.I have to add a photo as always.My favourite stretch of the Hampshire Avon,let's hope all our rivers continue to flourish,and flow in this most arid of years.
A rather sensible for a change Monty D