Water firm to pay rivers trust £350k for ‘wiping out fish population’

Details of the pollution incident that prompted South West Water to offer a payment of £350,000 to a local wildlife charity have been revealed by the Environment Agency.

In a statement issued today, the EA said that the water firm offered the Westcountry Rivers Trust the enforcement undertaking to offset the damage to the Tamerton Stream near the Tavy Estuary in Devon, after sewage entered the stream from an overflowing manhole in Widewell Woods in August 2016. 

The Tavy estuary is a sensitive watercourse, designated as a special protection area, special are of conservation and a site of special scientific interest. 

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