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

Severn Trent to adopt SmartRivers

11/11/2020
SmartRivers welcomes its first water company hosted volunteer hub We are pleased to announce that Severn Trent is the first […] Read More

Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill

15/10/2020
Philip Dunne MP launches new Bill to tackle river pollution Salmon & Trout Conservation warmly welcomes the introduction of the […] Read More

It’s the perfume that you notice first.

15/10/2020
“If we can’t conserve the most protected, how can we ever conserve the rest?” Feargal Sharkey, recently appointed a Salmon […] Read More

Time for bespoke regulatory targets for all chalkstreams

13/10/2020
Chalkstreams are as internationally rare and ecologically important as coral reefs or rainforests, and 85% of the world’s chalkstreams are found […] Read More

SmartRivers developments and achievements during lockdown

02/10/2020
As with everything right now, SmartRivers (the volunteer arm of the Riverfly Census) is navigating its way through the ‘new […] Read More

MoRPh: a tool for assessing river habitats at biological monitoring sites

25/09/2020
As you probably already know, SmartRivers is proud to be part of the Riverfly Partnership’s ‘Riverfly Plus’ toolkit, alongside other […] Read More

Persistence pays off in the pursuit of a pesticide problem

18/08/2020
This is a terrific outcome for the river, wild fish, the wider environment and the local community. Nick Measham, CEO […] Read More

Phosphorus, Chickens and the River Wye

18/08/2020
S&TC’s agricultural policy is simple; incentivise farmers to invest in their infrastructure and spread the word about modern soil management, […] Read More

Thirty-six toxic pesticides washed into headwaters of SAC chalkstream

23/07/2020
Bakkavör washing unknown quantities of thirty-six toxic pesticides, which present real danger to aquatic life, into headwaters of SAC chalkstream […] Read More

Toxic neonicotinoid washed off salad leaves into protected chalkstream

23/06/2020
Toxic neonicotinoid washed off salad leaves into protected chalkstream exceeds acceptable concentrations by up to 400%. NEWS RELEASE 23 June […] Read More

The SAMARCH Project International Salmonid Coastal and Marine Telemetry Workshop

07/05/2020
The “Blue Book” Based on a workshop organised by Salmon & Trout Conservation and Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust on […] Read More

Increase in abundance: A dangerously simplistic view of river health

01/05/2020
Species richness and assemblage gives a far more accurate assessment of invertebrate communities……….. Dr Janina Gray, Head of Science & […] Read More

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