[CUCBC Captains] Soap from boat cleaning

Conor Burgess conor at cucbc.org
Wed Jun 9 13:18:28 BST 2021

Dear all,

Please see the message below from the City Council (via the River Manager), regarding boat cleaning. Specifically, please be careful to ensure the soapsuds don't make their way into the river.


> Begin forwarded message:
> From: River Manager <river.manager at camconservators.org.uk>
> Subject: bubbles
> Date: 9 June 2021 at 13:10:39 BST
> To: Conor Burgess, David Munday, Bill Key
> Cc: "Cllr Mike Sargeant (Cambridge City - West Chesterton)", Kate Hurst
> Dear all,
> Mike Sargeant (cc’d) is a Conservator, however, acting in his capacity as a member of the City Council has asked if I could informally ask you all to be careful when cleaning your boats next to the river. He has received a number of complaints from members of the public regarding this. As you are aware, this is not our remit, but to keep everyone happy and the rowers’ reputations in good order, please could I kindly ask that cleaning of the boats is done in such a way that the soap used doesn’t end up in the river. The Environment Agency are aware of this, and I am sure that you don’t want to end up with an investigation on your hands with regard to a CAT 3 pollution incident (which they have identified this as being), enforcement action,  possible fines, , costly drainage channel drainage installations and spill kits all over the place. Everyone has better things to be doing.
> Kind regards,
> Tom Larnach- River Manager,
> Conservators of the River Cam,
> Clayhithe Office, Clayhithe Road, Horningsea, Cambridge, CB25 9JB
> Tel: 01223 863785, E: river.manager at camconservators.org.uk <mailto:river.manager at camconservators.org.uk>
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