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 Riverfly Census and its volunteer arm 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 and lobby for change.

We also identify areas where good policy is not being enforced.

Our current cases

Chemical Pollution

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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.

Agricultural Pollution

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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.

Chalkstreams

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All our rivers are managed under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and classified the same way. This generic, one size fits all approach is not protecting chalkstreams and their distinct biological commmunities.

We're calling for ambitious, bespoke regulatory targets for all chalkstreams which recognise and manage them as the unique habitats they are.

Abstraction

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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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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

A big, bright new vision for our watery places and the life within them

29/09/2017
Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC), the national voice for the UK’s wild fish and where they live, has been protecting […] Read More
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Aliens in the app! Our invasive species series

03/08/2017
For all you app owners here’s a preview of the new update, available now! Read More

New research project aims to help tackle pollution in Welsh rivers

01/08/2017
Press Release Issued by Salmon & Trout Conservation Cymru The worrying increase in the pollution of rivers in Wales has […] Read More

Derbyshire Rivers put under the microscope in flylife study

31/07/2017
Fisheries charity, Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) is just reporting the results on the second year of its unique three-year […] Read More

Vitacress and Salmon & Trout Conservation Join Forces on Water Quality

18/07/2017
Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) and Vitacress have joined forces to help reduce phosphate outputs from the watercress industry. In-river […] Read More

Vitacress and Salmon & Trout Conservation Join Forces on Water Quality

18/07/2017
Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) and Vitacress have joined forces to help reduce phosphate outputs from the watercress industry. In-river […] Read More

Turning words into action for the Itchen

11/05/2017
We have recently joined forces with academics, anglers, fisheries scientists, conservation organisations and the Environment Agency to discuss the crucial […] Read More

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