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

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Latest Water Action News

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

Profits And Pollution

29/05/2019
“S&TC has for a long time questioned the English water companies over their abstraction policies, especially in water-scarce, aquifer-fed regions, […] Read More

The Riverfly Census: Launch

29/05/2019
“If you do nothing else this month, read the Riverfly Census report which got its first airing at a mid-May […] Read More

SmartRivers Update – June 2019

29/05/2019
May saw the initiation of another one of our SmartRivers pilot hubs. We are very happy to be adding two […] Read More

The Riverfly Census: Full Report

15/05/2019
“The Riverfly Census Report has been central to S&TC’s work for the past three years and coincides with the United […] Read More

We all have a responsibility to save the ‘King of Fish’

19/04/2019
The publication of new Environment Agency byelaws banning the killing of salmon in the North East drift and coastal nets […] Read More

International Year of the Salmon – Our annual seminar in Wales

17/04/2019
Latest figures reveal populations in 21 of the country’s 23 principle salmon rivers to be probably at risk or at […] Read More

Local myth-busting with the Riverfly Census Conclusions

02/04/2019
You’ve probably seen our local Riverfly Census Conclusion reports popping up over the past few weeks. Now we’re tying up […] Read More
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Bakkavor ends use of cleaning products containing chlorine

15/03/2019
Bakkavor has stopped using chlorine-based cleaning products at its Alresford Salads salad washing and packaging factory near Alresford. This means […] Read More
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375,000+ citizens tell the European Commission “Hands off our water law!”

14/03/2019
375,386 people have called on the European Commission to defend Europe’s strong water law, making the EU’s public consultation on […] Read More

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