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

SAMARCH technical workshop

23/09/2019
SAMARCH Technical Workshop On behalf of the SAMARCH project, we invite scientists and fishery managers to attend our technical workshop. […] Read More

Discharges from salad washing – Update

31/07/2019
Salad washing on the Upper Itchen: A local problem with national significance… Nick Measham , Deputy CEO, S&TC writes……. S&TC’s […] Read More

Chalk streams debated in parliament

31/07/2019
We always intended the Riverfly Census to be a lobbying document as well as reporting on the science, and this […] Read More

Salmon stock exploitation: Wales delays, while England acts

01/07/2019
Salmon stock exploitation: Wales delays, while England acts On the 14th June 2019, in response to troubling results from their own analysis of Severn […] Read More

Dear Phil, Thank you so much!

26/06/2019
What can we say other than a huge THANK YOU!! Phil Chessum took on the challenge of running the Race […] Read More

Response to Southern Water Fine

25/06/2019
  Ofwat has imposed the biggest fine ever on a water company for “significant breaches of its licence conditions and […] Read More

Bakkavör Alresford Salads Impacting Upper Itchen

17/06/2019
  Sewage and pesticides from a salad washing factory owned by Bakkavör Group Plc may present a serious threat to […] Read More

Troubling news from Wales

30/05/2019
  Troubling news from Wales as the recently published 2018 assessments of salmon and sea trout populations point towards a […] Read More

Profits And Pollution

29/05/2019
“S&TC has for a long time questioned the English water companies over their abstraction policies, especially in water-scarce, aquifer-fed regions, […] Read More

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

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