East London’s rivers choked by our waste – report reveals

A study of rivers running through the London Boroughs of Hackney, Haringey, Tower Hamlets, and Waltham Forest and Epping Forest has shown that the Lea and the rivers flowing into it are being damaged by pollution coming from everyone in the valley.

The snapshot water quality testing was commissioned by Thames21 and saw staff working alongside students from Queen Mary’s University London.

The tests were carried out at the end of November to get an overall, rapid picture of the problem, across the worst affected parts of the Lea Valley. The River Lea and the streams that flow into it form London’s second largest river system, but are being devastated by pollution.

The Pymmes and Salmons Brook in LB Enfield don’t have enough oxygen in the water to support healthy fish life.

Read the full press release.

Download the  the full report here: East.London.water.quality.report.Dec11.