The River Nent is the second worst metal polluted river in England. The discharge from the Caplecleugh Level is one the most significant sources of metal mine pollution into the River Nent, with the Rampgill Level also causing pollution.
The Haggs Level is another significant source. In addition, the Nent Force Level discharges into the River Nent in Alston
As a consequence of this and other sources of pollution, the aquatic life in the River Nent is severely damaged by the high metal concentrations.
To address the pollution, we are developing a proposal to build a mine water treatment scheme to clean the polluted water discharging from the Caplecleugh and Rampgill Levels in Nenthead before it reaches the River Nent.
This will improve the water quality within the watercourse and improve the environment for wildlife and people.
Our aim is to provide clear information about the decisions we need to take and when we aim to take them. We will also make clear how residents and others can have their say.
The public involvement plan document gives an overview of the decision making process that the Coal Authority and Environment Agency will follow, how the public can get involved at each point and indicative time frames for when the stage is likely to be reached.