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

#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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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High resolution monitoring is essential for river conservation

07/09/2018
This is a re-posting of an original article from Environmental Technology   High Resolution Monitoring on the Itchen Working on […] Read More
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Plastic Rivers

31/08/2018
Plastic Rivers: An overlooked but essential element of the global plastic problem We are all familiar with the shocking plastic-related […] Read More
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S&TC formally notifies EA over River Itchen damage below Alresford Salads

07/08/2018
Salmon & Trout Conservation has formally notified (1) the Environment Agency about serious and ongoing damage to the River Itchen, […] Read More
Decline of the River Test

Dwindling flylife evidences a worrying decline of the River Test

20/07/2018
Decline of the River Test The River Test is one of our most famous, if not the most famous, trout […] Read More

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