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Old Jun 25, 2006, 2:51 AM   #1
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Just behind my house in Castleford, West Yorkshire is the river Aire. 30 years ago the river was dead and used to have white foam floating on the top of it and sometimes the foam would take to the air and float all over Castleford. Anyway the river has been cleaned up over the past 30 years and now has fish in it. I thought i would take a walk down the side of it and see what i could see.


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Old Jun 25, 2006, 2:56 AM   #2
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The big building in this picture is the oldest water poweredstone ground flour mill in England.

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Old Jun 25, 2006, 3:02 AM   #3
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Don't know what kind of ducks these are, but i should imagine that the water can't be that bad if ducks are willing to swim in it.

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Old Jun 25, 2006, 3:06 AM   #4
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This duck was following me up and down the side of the river.

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Old Jun 25, 2006, 3:13 AM   #5
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A bit further along the river i came across two fishermen. I just wish i would have spent more time taking photographs here. The only two i took both came out about the same. I should have moved around so that the sun was behind me.

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Old Jun 25, 2006, 3:43 AM   #6
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Very nice series of photos.

In Brooklyn, New York, USA

We have the Gowanus Cannal which connected early industry to the haebor for export and import of goods to this part of the north east. The water was so filthy you could almost walk on it!

Govt. sponsored clean up has made the water habitable to shad and other sea life. The lofts and wharehouses that stood along the cannal are now highly desirable realestate . The area has gone civil war industrial area to fouled water side realty to current highly desired realty/artist community.

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Old Jun 25, 2006, 4:48 AM   #7
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I've just been told that chemical company's up river were dumpingall sorts and got away with it for years. Then the big clean up started, but you can't just clean one bit of a river, you've got to clean it all. Anyway we've now got fish (trout as far as i know)in the river and i should imagine that the value of land around the side of it will have gone up. As you say the river side houses are very desirable now.

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Very nice pictures!!

It looks like a pleasent place to live, I also like the duck pictures!!



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