River Irk, Greater Manchester
River Name: Irk
River Basin: North West
Author: Paul Gaskell
NGR: SD 868 055
River Irk: Mersey Basin/Greater Manchester
Trout in the Town is part of an ambitious project to improve the River Irk.
We are working with and offering technical support to the nascent Mersey Basin Rivers Trust (which is an offshoot from the fantastic Salford Friendly Anglers club) and partners including Manchester City Council and Groundwork North West. The river is currently impacted by a number of issues that include channel modification and phosphate enrichment. Trout populations that were present historically have been decimated by serious pollution events. Over time and with a lot of dedication, perhaps they can recover.
A much more detailed assessment of issues faced by the River is provided in this AV Report.