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

S&TC Cymru urge Government to understand, value and act for rivers in Wales

03/05/2017
The fundamental message from our seminar in Builth Wells was that agricultural pollution of Welsh rivers and streams has reached […] Read More

Wild fish of Wales – Threats and Opportunities

10/04/2017
The recent spate of major pollution incidents in Wales and the resulting poor condition of rivers and streams in the […] Read More

Freshwater environments threatened by farmyard slurry

07/04/2017
Fisheries charity Salmon & Trout Conservation Cymru have reacted with dismay at yet another major river pollution incident in Wales, […] Read More

How can we deal with silent but potentially deadly river invaders?

27/03/2017
Our rivers and chalkstreams are under threat like never before and we are in grave danger of failing to react […] Read More

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