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
Solent Protection Society are associated with the Blue Marine Foundation, see the SPS Autumn 2017 Newsletter, and maintain a close interest in their activities. The Foundation have recently published their 2017 Annual Review which can be found here.
Marine activities and their social and economic impacts are explored in reports published today by Marine Management Organisation (MMO). The research will help ensure factors such as new jobs, tourism, leisure activities and coastal communities are all taken into account as we plan for the future of our seas. MMO is leading on marine planning … Continue reading Social and economic reports for England’s marine plan areas published