‘Terrible condition’: EA uses digger to fight invasives on the River Colne

The Environment Agency (EA) is using a digger to scoop duck weed from a chalk stream in Colchester, in a bid to improve the waterway's "terrible condition".

The EA said the prolonged dry, warm weather has slowed the River Colne’s flow and created the conditions for surface weed, which includes invasive azolla and duck weed, to grow.

The Colne is one of many chalk streams under pressure from abstraction by water companies and industry, with many local rivers groups accusing the EA of not fulfilling its duty to safeguard the rare ecosystems.

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