Meon Valley MP warns that drought could harm wildlife
Wildlife in the Meon valley is under threat and residents face the prospect of water restrictions if the drought continues, MP George Hollingbery has been told.
George met with Simon Moody from the Environment Agency last week to be briefed on the situation in his constituency and across the region.
Already flows in the River Meon are at a 20-year-low at the Mislingford gauging station after the one of the driest 18 months on record.
Groundwater levels at the West Meon borehole are also at a 20-year-low.
George was told that there were concerns for aquatic life and also other wildlife later in the spring or summer, if the dry weather continues.
“At the moment the situation for residents in the Meon Valley is not as serious as for others in the south east who get their supplies from reservoirs,” explained George.
“Here we are lucky get our water from underground, but the message is loud and clear: we need to use less water and hope for more rain otherwise we also risk hose pipe bans at the very least later this year.
“At the moment though, the agency is most concerned about the dry weather affecting wildlife. The worse case scenario is the flow in rivers like the Meon becoming so low that fish might have to be moved, with major knock-on effects for birds and mammals.”