Pollution in the River Tame has killed ‘several thousand’ fish, the Environment Agency said this week.
Both the Tame and the Trent were affected by the poison, which reduced oxygen levels in the water, suffocating the fish. Heavy rain prevented the oxygen levels from recovering in time.
The Environment Agency said the dead fish were being counted from Burton, downstream to Shardlow, but the River Anker was not affected.
Officers from the Agency were investigating the effects of the pollution this week.
The cause of the pollution was ‘general urban runoff’ combined with sewerage system storm overflows, said the Agency.