News on Water Quality of River Carron
We will update these news bulletins from time to time as CATCA keeps an eye on water quality issues along the river.
A Bit of Good News from SEPA: Scottish Water & SEPA Turn Attention to the Red Burn in Cumbernauld, a tributary of the River Carron.
Surface water flows from the industrial areas of Wardpark in Cumbernauld are currently untreated and piped to a series of outfalls which then feed directly into the Red Burn.
In liaison with SEPA, Scottish Water has started a £5.8million project to retrofit ponds to treat this runoff. These are a type of sustainable urban drainage systems (or SUDs).
The project will encourage wildlife and enhance water quality in the Red Burn, which flows through Cumbernauld Glen. Five ponds are planned at strategic locations that will collect and naturally treat surface water via a combination of settlement, sunlight and vegetation.
Construction of the first pond has started. The pond will be in the northern part of Cumbernauld Glen between Broom Road and Forest Road. Contractors Morrisons have prepared the land by removing non-native coniferous trees and vegetation. Scottish Water will re-plant native broadleaf saplings to replace the poor quality conifers.
Major construction work on the pond will be completed by late summer and replanting of trees will take place in November. The whole project is currently estimated to be completed late 2012.
These ponds will remove pollutants from the water and then return the treated water to the Red Burn. The old outfalls will remain in place for maintenance purposes.
--Andrew Hemingway, SEPA
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