The Dutch State will hold chemical concern 3M liable for damage caused by PFAS, often referred to as “forever chemicals” which do not break down in the environment. The American company has a factory on the Scheldt River in Belgium which has been discharging PFAS into the water for years. This has led to damage […]

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At last, England’s dying rivers are an election issue – and the danger isn’t just sewage | George Monbiot | The Guardian Voters are finally furious about water pollution, but tackling it means unpicking a complex web of assaults from source to sea I can’t help feeling a small surge of gratitude every time an […]

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By Mike Burke, Programme Director – Sustainable Development Nutrient pollution is an urgent problem for freshwater habitats and estuaries which provide a vital home to many species including wetland birds, fish, and insects. Increased levels of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus can disrupt natural processes and harm wildlife. We know that nature is fundamental […]

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The River Yare, a rare chalk stream, has had a range of improvements to benefit wildlife and improve water quality. Woody debris from trees was stacked along the riverbank to create ‘brash berms’. This technique will help to narrow the river and get it to a more natural state, after it was historically altered to […]

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Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey has demanded water companies share plans on improving Britain’s water infrastructure, a Defra press release has stated. The fresh move is part of the drive for better water quality, building on significant work with industry and regulators, allowing government to track progress of investment and new projects. The Environment Secretary has […]

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Durleigh wetlands driving water quality improvements Natural habitats helping to substantially reduce chemicals and boost water quality at Somerset reservoir As World Wetlands Day is celebrated, project continues to drive big drops in ammonia and phosphorus in nearby water courses Biodiversity increases by up to three-quarters and continues to climb as Wessex Water maintains push […]

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A popular beach has lost its coveted Blue Flag status due to a decline in bathing water quality. Saltburn was the only beach between Whitby and Sunderland to be given the internationally recognised certification in 2022, the BBC reported. However, its bathing water quality, based on Environment Agency samples, has fallen from “excellent” to “good”. […]

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