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 Riverfly Census and its volunteer arm 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 and lobby for change.

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

Our current cases

Chemical Pollution

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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.

Agricultural Pollution

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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.

Chalkstreams

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All our rivers are managed under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and classified the same way. This generic, one size fits all approach is not protecting chalkstreams and their distinct biological commmunities.

We're calling for ambitious, bespoke regulatory targets for all chalkstreams which recognise and manage them as the unique habitats they are.

Abstraction

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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

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

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

Challenges & Choices Consultation 2020

03/02/2020
Water Challenges and Choices Consultation 2020 Make your voice heard: http://bit.ly/challenges_choices_2020 CLOSING DATE FOR COMMENTS 24th April 2020 Are you […] Read More

Incinerator proposal raises serious concerns

08/12/2019
“This proposed incinerator at Barton Stacey in the Test Valley raises serious environmental concerns” Nick Measham, Salmon & Trout Conservation […] Read More

Agricultural Pollution Update – Nov 2019

06/11/2019
Government figures show currently only 14% of rivers are classified as healthy….. Government figures show currently only 14% of rivers […] Read More

SAMARCH technical workshop

23/09/2019
SAMARCH Technical Workshop On behalf of the SAMARCH project, we invite scientists and fishery managers to attend our technical workshop. […] Read More

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