Posted by Bowser on July 06, 2005 at 23:59:53:
In Reply to: Re: WILDLIFE AROUND LOUGH LANNAGH posted by Bowser on July 01, 2005 at 20:09:45:
The IFT used rotenone to kill young pike in the past so that they wouldn' eat trout which were the preferred (and native species) for anglers. Whether it's disgraceful or not has to be judged in the context of the times. The lake held trout back then - not so sure now unlikely that they would even attempt to control pike there now the lake has become so polluted. The only way to improved it though is to reduce the pollution flowing into the lake - from farms and septic tanks, etc.
Re the landfill leachate - this used to flow straight into Lough Beltra wihtout any treatment. Now it is treated properly in a sewage works along with all the other stuff we flush down the loo and wash into our sinks. The Castlebar sewage treatment works discharges to the Castlebar River which flows into Lough Cullin, not Lough Lannagh. The addition of phosphorus removal to the works has apparently made a huge improvement in the quality of Lough Cullin. It's not so long ago that the effects of Castlebar were seen half way down the Moy towards Ballina.
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