As our summer events pebble poll showed us – many people don’t realise that most of our road drains rightly drain the rainwater straight to the nearest watercourse – whether that be the local pond, stream, river, estuary or beach.
In a perverse action of being ‘tidy’ road drains are all too frequently used as disposal units for litter, cigarette stubs* and worse. People wouldn’t dream of so directly polluting the waterways that bring us such joy but that’s exactly what’s happening!
Over the next couple of months, we shall be working with the local town councils and local schools to mark some of the most misused road drains in Salcombe and Kingsbridge. To act as a reminder that the drain flows straight to the Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary nature reserve, special Drain Markers will be used.
*As reported in the New Scientist recently, used cigarette stubs contain pollutants that will kill fish and the filters are made of plastic.