Professor Alex Ford from the University of Portsmouth's Centre for Blue Governance has recently posted this blog highlighting the issue of sewage pollution from Southern Water's Budds Farm waste water treatment works. https://youtu.be/fyZez5qVZ40 The business and leisure users of Langstone Harbour have been mounting increasingly vocal campaigns against these discharges, to little obvious effect, so … Continue reading Discharges by Southern Water into Langstone Harbour
Solent Protection are becoming increasingly exercised by the issue of pollution in Solent waters. A working party within the SPS Council are actively researching the scale and nature of the problem in the transitional and coastal waters of the Solent and have been lobbying Solent MPs to support the 'Sewage (Inland Waters)' initiative first raised … Continue reading The issue of sewage discharge into Solent waters
Over the last ten days of 2020, Settled Storm Overflows (SSOs) from Southern Water's Budds Farm holding tanks at Havant accounted for 172 hours - that's over 7 days of almost continuous discharge into Langstone Harbour. These spills are additional to the regular and frequent discharges by Southern Water from multiple Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) … Continue reading The ‘Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill’ and its applicability to the issue of Solent pollution
Part of Solent Protection Society’s activities this year has been to investigate the efficiency of coastal Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTWs). Our research revealed that the increased level of nitrates in Solent waters is, in part, caused by the discharge of effluent from WWTWs. Although clearly much improvement is required to waste water treatment, a … Continue reading Biogas
A little history to explain why we are still in a mess We all complain about pollution and think that it should be avoided. In earlier times this was simply done by dilution, however some form of waste disposal becomes more important as population and industrial enterprise increases. Here is a little history which may … Continue reading Dilution is the Solution to Pollution – Or is it?
During the past year the Solent Protection Society (SPS) has been investigating the impact of pollution on the Solent. This is a huge subject covering everything from shipping to plastic, sewerage to chemicals, noise to pleasure craft disturbance. We have looked particularly at how pollution gets into the Solent and what action is being taken … Continue reading Pollution in its many forms
David Attenborough recently brought the issue of the sustainability of marine resources to all our attention. A Marine Plan is a framework document and a tangible step towards sustainable seas. Over many years there have been increasing and multiple pressures in coastal waters from dredging, windfarms, communications cables, pipelines, bottom trawling, shipping, leisure activities and … Continue reading The South Marine Plan in a wider context
NE Hamble, planning permission granted for 500 homes. The treated sewerage will now go into a brook running into the Hamble, however, the query has been raised regarding the potential failure of the proposed water treatment plant. Botley Parish Council have requested Government intervention. SPS will write to Botley PC to share their concerns and also to River … Continue reading New Hamble homes
This Paper outlines the thoughts of the Society on various aspects of pollution. A full list of sources of pollution mentioned in section C will be published shortly.
As we have been monitoring Twitter for news, we have noticed a number of local self help groups that are dedicated to maintaining the quality of the Solent. They deserve our thanks and support. So here are some we have found. Please tell us if you are aware of other similar groups. Southsea Beachwatch Friends … Continue reading Self help groups in the Solent