Thames Comes Back to Life

July 14, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

While the thought of almost one million gallons of sewage spilling into an “ecological success story” might send some of us running for the mountains, the Thames River was declared “biologically dead” in 1957. So the fact that Parliament advisors are eating trout from the Thames is remarkable indeed. “Charles Rangeley-Wilson, fishing author and broadcaster, said: ‘Forty years ago the thought that trout could live in the river would have seemed like an ecological impossibility. ‘But many species are flourishing. It’s cleaner now than it has been for more than 200 years.'” Ellen Widdup in the London Evening Standard.