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Title: Dioxins and the River Doe Lea : plain English report
Author: National Rivers Authority
Document Type: Monograph
The River Doe Lea rises near the village of Tibshelf Wharf and then flows north through Stanley before entering the grounds of Hardwick Hall. It then continues north through the mining area, roughly parallel with the M1 motorway, passing through the village of Doe Lea and west of Bolsover. It is in this area that the Coalite Chemicals and Coalite Fuels complexes are situated. North of Coalite, the river flows by the now disused Markham Main Colliery before passing under the M1 and continuing northwards to the east of Staveley. Over the length of river that has been affected by dioxins, the nature of the bed of the river varies greatly. Within a short stretch, it can change from a bare rocky bed to a marshy area with plants. Some sections have also had colliery waste and building material tipped in. The sides of the river can range from steep cuttings lined with wire boxes filled with rocks to shallow grassy slopes with bushes and flowers. From immediately upstream of the M1 to the confluence with the River Rother, the river valley widens out with fields that can flood during winter and which contain several ponds. The river has a long history of industrial exploitation and neglect but in spite of this there is evidence of improving aquatic life in the river upstream of Buttermilk Lane.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1996
Publication Place: Bristol
Subject Keywords: RiversWater pollutionDioxinsCoal byproductsIndustrial pollution
Geographic Keywords: EA MidlandsDerbyshireDon and Rother catchment
Extent: n.p. [22]
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