Following the River Esk pollution incident on 14 January, close analysis of the river environment continues.

SEPA continues to carry out a range of investigations and assessments in relation to the source of the pollution.

In recent days the council has continued to monitor the various controls and measures which were put in place to contain and mitigate any remaining polluting material.

This has included inspections of the booms and renewing these where required.

Supported by our contractor we are currently assessing what further measures might be required in order to protect the local environment.

While the situation with discoloured water has improved significantly, local people may still observe some residual polluted material/discolouration on the surface of the river and the Craigie Burn, which discharged into the Esk, particularly if we experience significant rainfall patterns.

Further multi-agency meetings are planned to review progress and inform next steps.

Published: Tuesday, 1st February 2022