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

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

Discharges from salad washing – Update

31/07/2019
Salad washing on the Upper Itchen: A local problem with national significance… Nick Measham , Deputy CEO, S&TC writes……. S&TC’s […] Read More

Chalk streams debated in parliament

31/07/2019
We always intended the Riverfly Census to be a lobbying document as well as reporting on the science, and this […] Read More

Salmon stock exploitation: Wales delays, while England acts

01/07/2019
Salmon stock exploitation: Wales delays, while England acts On the 14th June 2019, in response to troubling results from their own analysis of Severn […] Read More

Dear Phil, Thank you so much!

26/06/2019
What can we say other than a huge THANK YOU!! Phil Chessum took on the challenge of running the Race […] Read More

Response to Southern Water Fine

25/06/2019
  Ofwat has imposed the biggest fine ever on a water company for “significant breaches of its licence conditions and […] Read More

Bakkavör Alresford Salads Impacting Upper Itchen

17/06/2019
  Sewage and pesticides from a salad washing factory owned by Bakkavör Group Plc may present a serious threat to […] Read More

Troubling news from Wales

30/05/2019
  Troubling news from Wales as the recently published 2018 assessments of salmon and sea trout populations point towards a […] Read More

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