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Pure Rivers Society

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The Pure Rivers Society — The main activities of the Pure Rivers Society are in connection with the investigation of complaints of pollution and in the giving of advice to its members, and to the general public. It has issued, from time to time, pamphlets and advisory memoranda, and, by means of letters to the Press, has endeavoured to enlighten the nation as to the evil of river pollution.

The Society was formed in London in October, 1926, and it is stated in its first annual, which was issued recently, that it has always been the policy of the Society not to hamper industry and to discourage litigation or appeals to the Courts. Peaceful persuasion, the writer goes on to say, has in most cases had the desired effect, although there have been cases in which more drastic steps have been advised. The Society is to be congratulated on its tactful and far-sighted methods. The Society has made good progress since its formation, and, at the present time, it is estimated that, with its affiliated societies and personal members, over 200,000 persons are included in its membership. The honorary secretary is Mr. T. W. Gomm, 1, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, W.O.2."[1]

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