Y2 fishy message at Horton Burn!

24th May 2016
More than 500 yellow fish are to appear in unusual places across Cramlington.
The fish are to encourage people to think about what they put down surface water drains. They are designed to highlight and reduce the significant negative impact that misconnected waste water plumbing in homes and businesses, and the misuse of road gullies, can have on the local aquatic environment.  Road gullies are designed to only drain surface water into surface water drains and sewers. This water is often returned back to the environment, untreated. However, there has been evidence in the burn of brown substances coming from the outfall, visible milky white liquid, detergent, blue liquid and oil.
The three-and-a-half-inch diameter plaques, which feature the fish and the words ‘DON’T POLLUTE – DRAINS TO RIVER’, will be installed next to road gullies near Horton Burn and have been met with positive public reception.
Youngsters from two local schools, Northburn Primary and Eastlea Primary, took part in the unveiling of the first fishy plaque today (Tuesday, May 24) on Edgefield Drive, Cramlington, alongside representatives of Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and Northumberland Wildlife Trust, who are working in partnership on the initiative.