Like most rivers in the country, our Aire is far from pristine. Oh yes, when it starts out up above Malham it’s fine, but you don’t have to go very far before it is subject to actual or potential pollution from runoff, sewage discharges, litter etc. and by the time it gets to Airmyn, where it joins the Ouse, there is quite a list of ‘challenges’ to it’s original condition.
So we want this section to be an information source about threats and issues to rivers and catchments in general and to our River Aire in particular. We will keep adding pages as inspiration takes us.
Details of the current classifications, including classification by each “element” (parameter), are available from the Environment Agency’s Catchment Explorer.