21 nature organisations are calling for urgent measures to help lift England’s rivers, lakes and streams from the bottom of the water quality league table, and warn that drastic action is needed to restore wildlife habitat. Every freshwater body in England currently fails chemical standards and only 16% are classed in good ecological health compared […]

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Environmental NGOs including Waterwise, the RSPB, Angling Trust, Wildlife Trusts and Rivers Trusts have, as part of the Blueprint for Water coalition, just published their top 10 asks for the five new regional water resources plans. Linked to the publication Blueprint also published this blog and has organised a series of free water resources webinars aimed at […]

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Wildlife & Countryside Link / Blue Print for Water: Recently, you spoke of “thoughtful reform” of the Water Framework Directive regulations to deliver “even better outcomes”. In light of growing public concern about water pollution, over-abstraction of sensitive rivers and streams, and serious ongoing shortcomings in water quality, any weakening of Water Framework Standards would […]

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Read the full Coalition report here. Summary All life depends entirely on water. Yet, reflecting broader climate and ecological crises, the current state of England’s water environment is poor and declining. We go from floods to drought without a long-term strategic plan to adapt to and manage new climatic extremes – urgent action is needed. […]

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