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England's Wandle, On Its Way to Recovery, Hit With Disaster

Posted on September 21 2007

A fifteen-year effort to bring brown trout populations back to self-sustaining status on England’s Wandle, which runs through several urban areas and into the Thames, met a rude end Monday afternoon as Thames Water released large quantities of industrial cleaner into the river. An estimated 20,000 fish have died so far. “Botanist David Bellamy, who spearheaded the campaign to reintroduce brown trout, said: ‘I’m absolutely devastated. When I heard, I just wanted to sit down and cry. The entire local community has been involved in getting this river into a great state, and now that work is all gone.’” In London’s Daily Mail.

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