River Reports: Rivers report Seiont Gwyrfai & Llyfni December 2013 This is a season best forgotten on the Seiont, in fact it has been the worst unless someone with a longer memory can correct me. The total salmon catch is seven, which includes two collected for the broodstock collection scheme. Nominate members have been out every day for hours on end until the deadline day 15th. November without seeing anything other than the two caught. The collection time has now been extended to 24th, November, but as of today 18th it's been useless. We can take our pick on what has caused this dramatic decline, the Padarn issue which was highlighted in last months issue is amongst the worst offender, Welsh Water are responsible but still have not been able to come up with proposals which will put an end to the catastrophic amount of untreated waste that enters the lake through the CSO's. These are supposed to be storm overflows, but they in fact operate in all weather conditions, be it sun or rain. Another source of the decline is the Dinorwic Pump Storage scheme which took isolated prime spawning areas, these are now lost ot the catchment. However after years of campaigning this company now seems to have a more ready ear for listening and work to reinstate some charr spawning area have been completed. The other proposed improvements reported in last months issue are now looking to be going ahead - there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel as far as the charr are concerned. There is a great deal of uncertainty here in Wales about the setting up of the all purpose Environment Protection body called Natural Resources Wales, we as a club are not overly happy with their decision not to actually order Welsh Water what they must do, hence Fish Legal's application to the High Court to seek a Judicial Review as to their actions. Enough has been said about this so I'll let it lie until we have more information regarding from this legal process. Although not happy with NRW's actions with Welsh water, I must however report that since the last meeting of the Padarn Forum at Llanberis we've had tremendous support from the NRW Bangor office and as our Seiont Catchment Restoration document has now been finalised and there is a genuine will to see this programme through. Hopefully once prices to upgrade our hatchery is to hand we will meet with all interested parties to try and secure funding for this all important project. Also on board from now on will be the Conwy Clwyd and Gwynedd Rivers Trust. Another excellent piece of news is that Welsh Water- after years of complaints have contracted out the work top to upgrade the Llanrug STW, this is another major problem with unregulated discharges. This work has a contracted time of 44 weeks, and it actually started today 18th. November. However as another problem is being tackled another rears it's ugly head, during late afternoon Friday 15th Nov. members notice severe discolouration of the Seiont at Carwia. As we have a well oiled operation with such problems we did a quick patrol of all the upriver sewerage discharge points an soon located the source as the Brynrefail STW. Unfortunately by the time we had reported the incident, it was too late and by the time NRW staff had visited the worst was over, so the water company got away with this one. So lesson learnt - phone 0800807060 before looking for the source. The effort given by all concerned to tackle the serious pollution problems whch have affected this beautiful river has been an arduous process , and at last we seem to be getting somewhere. So at this season of good will can i thank everyone who has supported us in this campaign, top of the list is Fish Legal, and our AM Alun Ffred Jones for chairing the Padarn Forum Trout and Salmon for highlighting the problem and everyone else, you all know who you are. Next month i promise I'll stick to fishing and fishing only - oh and the result of the Judicial Review Application! Have a Very Merry Xmas and Prosperous and Happy New year. Huw P. Hughes.