Water Action

What is Water Action?

Water Action is a where local case studies, identified from our own evidence base, are used to shape and enforce water policies to improve the condition of our waters.

Gathering evidence

We have and continue to grow a solid evidence base, thanks to our previous Riverfly Census project and now SmartRivers.

This data paints a true picture of the health of rivers and the problems our wild fish are facing.

Building a case

Using the evidence we find examples of where existing water policies are not fit for purpose.

We also identify areas where good policy is not being enforced.

Our current cases

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Chemical Pollution

Our campaign to stop Bakkavor from pouring pesticides from washing imported salad leaves into the headwaters of the Itchen, one of our most protected waters, is poised to set a national precedent.

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Agricultural Pollution

Rules exist to prevent farmers polluting our rivers with deadly sediment, phosphate and chemicals. Our Riverfly Census and SmartRivers provides the evidence but there is a near total failure by the Environment Agency in England and NRW in Wales to enforce against farming pollution.

We are determined to change this with your help.

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Abstraction

Taking too much water out of a system is known as over-abstraction. Nearly a quarter of English rivers are at serious risk from unsustainable water abstraction.

Major interventions are urgently needed on both the demand and supply sides to tackle the problem.

Latest Water Action News

The SAMARCH Project International Salmonid Coastal and Marine Telemetry Workshop

07/05/2020
The “Blue Book” Based on a workshop organised by Salmon & Trout Conservation and Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust on […] Read More

Increase in abundance: A dangerously simplistic view of river health

01/05/2020
Species richness and assemblage gives a far more accurate assessment of invertebrate communities……….. Dr Janina Gray, Head of Science & […] Read More

Milk. A serious environmental threat?

01/05/2020
So, here’s the shocking news about the potential of milk to pollute rivers. Paul Knight, S&TC CEO writes, One of […] Read More

Chalk-Streams First

22/04/2020
Abstraction is a major threat to UK rivers but is, arguably, at its greatest in relation to the chalk-streams, a […] Read More

Agricultural Pollution – Educate, Encourage, Enforce

09/04/2020
“Up to 2016, a staggering 95% of farms did not comply with storage regulations and 49% were polluting the river […] Read More

Environmental Land Management Scheme 2020

17/03/2020
Environmental Land Management Scheme Consultation 2020 Make your voice heard: http://bit.ly/ELMS_2020 CLOSING DATE FOR COMMENTS 5th May 2020 Overview of Salmon […] Read More

S&TC launches first SmartRivers hub in Scotland

10/03/2020
S&TC launches first SmartRivers hub in Scotland in partnership with Flow Country Rivers Trust. The River Halladale is set to […] Read More

Change of Chief Executive at Salmon & Trout Conservation

06/03/2020
S&TC’s CEO, Paul Knight, is to retire at the end of June and Nick Measham, currently Deputy Chief Executive, will […] Read More

High-frequency phosphorus monitoring for water quality management

25/02/2020
Using high-frequency phosphorus monitoring for water quality management: a case study of the upper River Itchen, UK Gary R. Fones […] Read More

Bakkavör plc must now end pollution of Upper Itchen

17/02/2020
Bakkavör plc must now end pollution of Upper Itchen “Continued pollution unnecessary and unacceptable.”  NEWS RELEASE 13 Feb 2020 Sustained […] Read More

Sewin and their habitats

10/02/2020
SEWIN AND THEIR HABITATS Update 14 March 2020: This event has been postponed. All those who expressed an interest will be […] Read More

In pursuit of Perfection

10/02/2020
“We are honoured by Hardy’s support for our conservation efforts. Together we share a vision for abundant wild fish stocks, […] Read More

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