Healthy Habitats

Protecting and improving water quality & quantity

For nature's hatchery to succeed, salmon and trout need pollution-free water, and plenty of it.

Wild fish numbers are declining and our rivers are suffering

As of 2018, only 14% of rivers have 'good' ecological status. Our research is showing that rivers are struggling with excess nutrients, sediment and other pollutants, preventing them from producing healthy wild salmon and trout.

We cannot control salmon & trout, but we can control the stresses they are being exposed to

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

We use this evidence to deliver much needed change.

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

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

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
year in review

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
smartrivers

Latest data on River Test and River Itchen reveals concerning issues

17/12/2018
  Test and Itchen are no exception to grim decline in water quality and flylife The S&TC Riverfly Census continues […] Read More

#ProtectWater campaign success: brilliant news for our waters and fish

06/12/2018
First success for #ProtectWater campaign Thanks to an extensive collaborative effort from over 100 NGO’s across Europe, including S&TC, an […] Read More
low water flows

Suffering salmon: A temperature-gauge for our worryingly low water-flow

26/11/2018
By our Head of Science and Policy, Dr Janina Gray. The original article was written for Countryside and Wildlife Link. […] Read More
welsh agricultural pollution regulations

S&TC Cymru welcomes new agricultural pollution regulations

19/11/2018
  Welcome news from Wales: New regulatory measures to tackle agricultural pollution Following an extensive lobbying exercise, S&TC Cymru are […] Read More
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River Itchen damage below Alresford Salads: Autumn 2018 photos

15/10/2018
New photos show damage in River Itchen below Bakkavor’s Alresford Salads factory. At S&TC we have long been campaigning to […] Read More
S&TC Efra response

S&TC response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee consultation over the Agriculture Bill 2018

09/10/2018
S&TC’s EFRA response S&TC respond to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee consultation over the Agriculture Bill 2018. Our […] Read More
protect water

S&TC joins 100 NGOs in Europe-wide #ProtectWater campaign

09/10/2018
S&TC is one of 100 NGOs[1 ] joining forces across Europe to tackle proposed weakening of EU freshwater protection laws As […] Read More
agricultural bill

Agricultural Bill: Is a ‘Green Brexit’ possible?

20/09/2018
The first major Agriculture Bill for over 70 years has now been published, promising a cleaner, greener and healthier environment […] Read More

River Itchen pollution: Alresford Salads trial chlorine-free cleaning products

13/09/2018
Is the end of chlorine-based cleaning products at Alresford salad washing plant finally in sight? Finally, it appears Alresford salad […] Read More

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