Healthy Habitats

Protecting and improving water quality & quantity

As of 2018, only 14% of rivers have 'good' ecological status. We are taking action NOW.

Wild fish numbers are declining and our rivers are suffering.

Our research shows that many rivers are struggling with excess nutrients and sediment, and other pollutants, causing the destruction of many of the UK's waters and wild fish.

Our rivers are in trouble, and we need to get to the bottom of it.

Healthy waters mean healthy ecosystems, and ultimately healthy fish.

We use scientific research and hard data to build an understanding of the key threats to water quality and quantity which wild fish encounter.

We use this evidence to deliver much needed change.

We are improving water quality through local case studies on the following threats:

Click the icons below to find out more about specific and emerging threats to freshwater

Turning science into action to protect wild fish

Sound scientific evidence is key to action

We underpin our work with water quality and invertebrate analysis by independent scientists, academics and professional entomologists.

1. We collect sound scientific data from local case studies....

2. This data paints a true picture of the health of rivers and the problems fish face...

3. We use this evidence to take calculated action and protect wild fish.

We are fact-led and fight for healthy habitats in a case-study manner, pulling on research from...

We use this scientific evidence to support the necessary actions to protect wild fish and water – often using case studies to drive local and national policy change. This has led to improved water quality targets and better protection for our rivers.

Latest Water Quality News

The Riverfly Census: Full Report

15/05/2019
“The Riverfly Census Report has been central to S&TC’s work for the past three years and coincides with the United […] Read More

We all have a responsibility to save the ‘King of Fish’

19/04/2019
The publication of new Environment Agency byelaws banning the killing of salmon in the North East drift and coastal nets […] Read More

International Year of the Salmon – Our annual seminar in Wales

17/04/2019
Latest figures reveal populations in 21 of the country’s 23 principle salmon rivers to be probably at risk or at […] Read More

Local myth-busting with the Riverfly Census Conclusions

02/04/2019
You’ve probably seen our local Riverfly Census Conclusion reports popping up over the past few weeks. Now we’re tying up […] Read More
bakkavor

Bakkavor ends use of cleaning products containing chlorine

15/03/2019
Bakkavor has stopped using chlorine-based cleaning products at its Alresford Salads salad washing and packaging factory near Alresford. This means […] Read More
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375,000+ citizens tell the European Commission “Hands off our water law!”

14/03/2019
375,386 people have called on the European Commission to defend Europe’s strong water law, making the EU’s public consultation on […] Read More
septic tanks

Septic tanks – the UK’s secret sewage problem

18/02/2019
Septic tanks are not the most glamorous topic… …But they are definitely the ‘elephant in the room’ when it comes […] Read More
Plastic Pollution

From source to sea: S&TC unite with Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to highlight plastic’s destructive journey

04/02/2019
  Present at every stage of their journey, wild fish are facing yet another threat: plastic pollution. We’ve teamed up […] Read More
water companies

A dismal end to 2018 for water companies, their regulators, and the government

22/01/2019
The end of 2018 was not pretty for water companies. Sadly, as always, our environment and waterways bear the brunt.  […] Read More
river coquet hydropower

Using data to protect wild fish: River Coquet hydropower

09/01/2019
  River Coquet Hydropower With the feed-in-tariffs for hydropower ending in March after little activity over the past couple of […] Read More
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2018: A year in review

21/12/2018
What have we achieved this year? 2018 has been our biggest year yet! So where has your support got us, […] Read More
NE salmon net closure

S&TC welcomes England’s NE salmon net closure

18/12/2018
NE salmon net closure S&TC welcomes the new Environment Agency byelaws which will close down the killing of Atlantic salmon […] Read More

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