Anglers worried about effluent in Deele River

Anglers in Convoy are concerned about the impact of effluent appearing in a popular fishing river.

Anglers in Convoy are concerned about the impact of effluent appearing in a popular fishing river.

The existence of the effluent in the Deele River has been reported to Donegal County Council and anglers have warned that they are prepared to take the matter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Donegal County Council’s director of Services for Water and Environment Joe Peoples said the council is aware of the complaints and are following them up. “It is being investigated,” he said.

Secretary of the Deele Angler’s Association Billy Vance said there is effluent running into the river which is leaving a discoloration for a couple of miles. He said it is too early to say what impact the effluent is having but anglers are concerned about the effect on fish. “It would take the oxygen out of the water and it could have an impact on the young fish especially,” he said. “The river is running a green brown colour for a couple of miles. It can’t be good for the fish. That is a good river and there is wildlife there as well and this is not helping it. It has been reported to local councillors and we will go wherever we can to get it solved,” he said. “This has been a problem for a few years and we are very concerned about it.”

Cllr. Patrick McGowan said he had been made aware of the problem by members of the angler’s club.

“I am told that it is very serious and unless the council does something about it the anglers will take it to the EPA,” he said.

He said he was surprised at the problem because there are less people living in the area than there was. “A year ago we went to look at it and it was not too bad, but it has got worse,” he said.