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

septic tanks

Septic tanks – the UK’s secret sewage problem

18/02/2019
Septic tanks are not the most glamorous topic… …But they are definitely the ‘elephant in the room’ when it comes […] Read More
Plastic Pollution

From source to sea: S&TC unite with Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to highlight plastic’s destructive journey

04/02/2019
  Present at every stage of their journey, wild fish are facing yet another threat: plastic pollution. We’ve teamed up […] Read More
water companies

A dismal end to 2018 for water companies, their regulators, and the government

22/01/2019
The end of 2018 was not pretty for water companies. Sadly, as always, our environment and waterways bear the brunt.  […] Read More
river coquet hydropower

Using data to protect wild fish: River Coquet hydropower

09/01/2019
  River Coquet Hydropower With the feed-in-tariffs for hydropower ending in March after little activity over the past couple of […] Read More
year in review

2018: A year in review

21/12/2018
What have we achieved this year? 2018 has been our biggest year yet! So where has your support got us, […] Read More
NE salmon net closure

S&TC welcomes England’s NE salmon net closure

18/12/2018
NE salmon net closure S&TC welcomes the new Environment Agency byelaws which will close down the killing of Atlantic salmon […] Read More
smartrivers

Latest data on River Test and River Itchen reveals concerning issues

17/12/2018
  Test and Itchen are no exception to grim decline in water quality and flylife The S&TC Riverfly Census continues […] Read More

#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
low water flows

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
welsh agricultural pollution regulations

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 […] Read More
river itchen damage below alresford salads

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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