Group joins drive to tackle problem of water pollution
A NEATH environmental group has taken part in a scheme which raises awareness about sources of water pollution and the quality of water.
Volunteers from the Dyffryn Clydach Environmental Group have marked drains around the pond at Cwrt Herbert, Neath Abbey, as part of the Yellow Fish Campaign.
The recent drop in water levels has highlighted the pollution problem there.
Group secretary Margaret Smith said that the pond used to be a haven for wildlife, with dragonflies, moorhens, mallards and swans there.
"Both the local drainage works and the dry spell last month have resulted in a concentration of pollution in the pond and the wildlife has left to go elsewhere," she said.
The Yellow Fish campaign aims to stop people from pouring oil, paints, solvents, detergents or chemicals into surface water drains or gullies on the side of the road.
Anything poured into these drains ends up in rivers and streams.
Mrs Smith added: "Many people are unaware that these materials can poison fish and wildlife and smother plants. Because of the way these contaminants spread, it takes only a tiny amount to harm the water environment.
"The oil from one car engine is enough to pollute a lake the size of two football pitches."
Yellow Fish co-ordinator for Keep Wales Tidy, Joanna Friedl, said: "Water pollution is a huge problem in Wales and we are delighted that so many schools and community groups are addressing the issue and raising awareness in their local area through the Yellow Fish campaign.
"Let us know on Twitter, twitter.com/keepwalestidy or Facebook when you see a yellow fish in your neighbourhood."
Yellow Fish in Wales is managed by Keep Wales Tidy and funded by Natural Resources Wales.