Old mines blamed for orange river between Burnley and Todmorden

Lancashire Telegraph: The orange Rover Calder The orange Rover Calder

INVESTIGATIONS are under way after a river running between Burnley and Todmorden turned orange for more than two miles.

Iron deposits are believed to have left the River Calder rust-coloured from Cliviger to the outskirts of Todmorden town centre.

Environment Agency officers will be surveying the river today, in an effort to isolate the source of the pollution outbreak.

An agency spokesman said: “There are a number of old mine workings which discharged into the River Calder, or its tributaries, so we will be looking for where something has gone wrong.”

Problems have previously been blamed on iron deposits from former mine workings near Cloughfoot, between Bacup and Todmorden, which has affected Midgelden Brook, which runs into the Calder.

But John Delaney, the Coal Authority’s corporate manager, has confirmed that the £3million water treatment works, opened last year to deal with the issue, is operating without any difficulties.

John Millar, 43, of Burnley Road, said: “It’s about time they found a way of getting this problem once and for all.

“You’ve got to wonder about what effect it’s having on the wildlife around the river because it takes ages for it to clear up.”

Work also begun yesterday on a major operation by Environment Agency contractors to address flooding problems in Water Street in Todmorden.

Three properties are being demolished and reconstructed and protection works are being carried out underneath the Royal George pub.

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5:16pm Wed 16 Jan 13

prince of darkness says...

The river in Cliviger by Honey Holme Lane was always brown when I lived there in 1965,tried to catch fish. Not sure if its still in same condition.
The river in Cliviger by Honey Holme Lane was always brown when I lived there in 1965,tried to catch fish. Not sure if its still in same condition. prince of darkness

5:16pm Wed 16 Jan 13

prince of darkness says...

The river in Cliviger by Honey Holme Lane was always brown when I lived there in 1965,tried to catch fish. Not sure if its still in same condition.
The river in Cliviger by Honey Holme Lane was always brown when I lived there in 1965,tried to catch fish. Not sure if its still in same condition. prince of darkness

6:26pm Wed 16 Jan 13

hi everyone says...

its been orange and brown in hevey rain for years
its been orange and brown in hevey rain for years hi everyone

7:42pm Wed 16 Jan 13

bikerjohn_uk says...

Jaysus, how thick can you get? Midgelden Brook runs into the Yorkshire Calder which runs the other way down the valley, towards Todmorden and then Hebden Bridge. The iron staining in the Lancashire Calder comes out of old workings on the Thieveley and Deerplay side, particularly after heavy rain. This has been known for donkey's years so why they need to do an investigation now is anybody's guess.
Jaysus, how thick can you get? Midgelden Brook runs into the Yorkshire Calder which runs the other way down the valley, towards Todmorden and then Hebden Bridge. The iron staining in the Lancashire Calder comes out of old workings on the Thieveley and Deerplay side, particularly after heavy rain. This has been known for donkey's years so why they need to do an investigation now is anybody's guess. bikerjohn_uk

9:27pm Wed 16 Jan 13

drunken donut says...

Dingles washing their underwear.
Dingles washing their underwear. drunken donut

11:56pm Wed 16 Jan 13

123Jon123 says...

Nice to see the caption of the picture calling it the Rover Calder! Even rivers passing through Burnley are ashamed!
Nice to see the caption of the picture calling it the Rover Calder! Even rivers passing through Burnley are ashamed! 123Jon123

9:01pm Thu 17 Jan 13

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

http://www.geograph.
org.uk/photo/2221311


Has a map attached, Midgelden Brook is nothing to do with Cliviger, it drains a huge area from Sharneyford to Shade where it enters Walsden Water, they have spent millions cleaning it up but to be honest I'm not sure it was worth it as it doesn't do any harm
http://www.geograph. org.uk/photo/2221311 Has a map attached, Midgelden Brook is nothing to do with Cliviger, it drains a huge area from Sharneyford to Shade where it enters Walsden Water, they have spent millions cleaning it up but to be honest I'm not sure it was worth it as it doesn't do any harm disgusted tunbridge wells

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