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

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Agricultural Bill: Is a ‘Green Brexit’ possible?

20/09/2018
The first major Agriculture Bill for over 70 years has now been published, promising a cleaner, greener and healthier environment […] Read More

River Itchen pollution: Alresford Salads trial chlorine-free cleaning products

13/09/2018
Is the end of chlorine-based cleaning products at Alresford salad washing plant finally in sight? Finally, it appears Alresford salad […] Read More
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High resolution monitoring is essential for river conservation

07/09/2018
This is a re-posting of an original article from Environmental Technology   High Resolution Monitoring on the Itchen Working on […] Read More
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Plastic Rivers

31/08/2018
Plastic Rivers: An overlooked but essential element of the global plastic problem We are all familiar with the shocking plastic-related […] Read More
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S&TC formally notifies EA over River Itchen damage below Alresford Salads

07/08/2018
Salmon & Trout Conservation has formally notified (1) the Environment Agency about serious and ongoing damage to the River Itchen, […] Read More
Decline of the River Test

Dwindling flylife evidences a worrying decline of the River Test

20/07/2018
Decline of the River Test The River Test is one of our most famous, if not the most famous, trout […] Read More

Afon Myddyfi – Photo Story

29/06/2018
  What is happening on the Myddfyi? The Myddyfi rises from a network of ditches and drains to the north […] Read More
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River Avon: Riverfly Census Results

28/06/2018
River Avon Riverfly Census The results are in from our ground-breaking Riverfly Census campaign for the River Avon. View the […] Read More

S&TC Cymru: Snapshot survey of the River Tywi (Towy)

18/06/2018
  S&TC Cymru has reacted to growing concerns surrounding the prolific algal growth witnessed on the Tywi over recent weeks […] Read More
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Our View: Post-Brexit Green Watchdog is not good enough

01/06/2018
Alas, it seems as though our fears for environmental regulation once we lave the EU – based on a post […] Read More
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Pinpointing Pesticides – Our national survey now uses water insects to solve chemical puzzle

27/03/2018
We are pleased to announce that pesticide fingerprints can now be detected using the Riverfly Census’ analytical tool kit… a massive breakthrough in monitoring water quality for neonicotinoids and other insect killing chemicals Read More

Will the Environment Agency’s proposals to protect wild salmon work?

02/02/2018
Can the EA Protect Wild Salmon? We warmly receive the Environment Agency’s proposed new measures to protect wild salmon stocks, […] Read More

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