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 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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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
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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
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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

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