'Crisis' in the water as soaring river phosphate levels threaten wildlife on the Wye​

Shocking levels of damaging phosphates have been found in one of the Midlands' biggest rivers, as chemicals washed in from farmland and other waste combine to create a potentially deadly cocktail of pollution.

In fact, people who use the River Wye through Herefordshire say they're already seeing plant, fish and bird life dying off - a problem which experts warn is contributing to a “global crisis” for our waterways.

“I started fishing this river back in the 1970s, and you could catch salmon every time you’d come down, two or three in a go, and big ones,” keen angler Jonathan Daniels told us.

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