Dirty Spates

19mm of rain fell in Mauchline last night and 18mm at Gadgirth. This seemed to be consistent across much of Ayrshire last night as torrential rain and thunder storms passed over during the wee hours. Consequently, this morning every river and most burns were unfishable (at least using electrofishing survey methods). We had reports of unusually dirty water on the Girvan so as we were nearby we had a look. To our eyes, this seemed just typical dirty spate conditions in an agricultural catchment. Preventable?  Possibly in part, but unusual? No, sadly we see this all too often. Intensive dairy…

Source: Ayshire River Trust – Dirty Spates