Living Rivers

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.

Our current Living Rivers case studies include... 

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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. Our Living Rivers campaign collects sound scientific data....

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 operate our four Living Rivers campaigns 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 Living Rivers News

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
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 greatly […] Read More
river itchen damage below alresford salads

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

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