Salmon found in a Lancashire river for the first time in almost 60 years

Salmon have been found in a stretch of the River Calder near Burnley in Lancashire for the first time since 1950s

The construction of the weir in Padiham near Burnley, UK, in the 1950s meant that salmon were unable to travel upstream beyond the town.

However, the weir was removed in 2010 and rock pools were built to allow salmon and other migratory fish to move upstream.

Dan Bond from the Environment Agency said: "Finding salmon in the River Calder shows there has been significant improvements to local water quality as they only live in clean water with good eco-systems.

"Padiham near Burnley was a heavily industrialised area, with the weir built on the River Calder to control the abstraction of water for the nearby Padiham Power Station.

"Since removing the weir, and over the last 20 years generally, water quality has improved significantly. By looking at the catchment as a whole, by working with partners and communities, and by enforcing tougher regulations on industries we have seen improvements in local water quality.

"This is a brilliant example of how the hard work and dedication of our officers and partners like the Ribble Rivers Trust has helped to improve the local environment so that these fish and other wildlife can survive.

"We will continue to build on this success and hope that we start to see more salmon in other rivers around our towns and cities."
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