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.

Wild fish and their waters need your help

Our report on the Environment Agency (EA), “Doing its Job exposed its lamentable failure to protect our rivers and their wildlife. Now we need your support.

We have now launched a public petition calling on Government to give the EA the mandate and resources to do a proper job. The EA needs to be shorn of Government directions to put the economy before the environment and it needs the funding to enforce existing legislation without fear or favour.

We are asking you to sign, and share as widely as you can, Salmon & Trout Conservation’s Parliamentary Petition.

“Give the Environment Agency the funds and freedom to protect English rivers”.

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

International Year of the Salmon – Our annual seminar in Wales

17/04/2019
Latest figures reveal populations in 21 of the country’s 23 principle salmon rivers to be probably at risk or at […] Read More

Local myth-busting with the Riverfly Census Conclusions

02/04/2019
You’ve probably seen our local Riverfly Census Conclusion reports popping up over the past few weeks. Now we’re tying up […] Read More
bakkavor

Bakkavor ends use of cleaning products containing chlorine

15/03/2019
Bakkavor has stopped using chlorine-based cleaning products at its Alresford Salads salad washing and packaging factory near Alresford. This means […] Read More
wild fish habitats

375,000+ citizens tell the European Commission “Hands off our water law!”

14/03/2019
375,386 people have called on the European Commission to defend Europe’s strong water law, making the EU’s public consultation on […] Read More
septic tanks

Septic tanks – the UK’s secret sewage problem

18/02/2019
Septic tanks are not the most glamorous topic… …But they are definitely the ‘elephant in the room’ when it comes […] Read More
Plastic Pollution

From source to sea: S&TC unite with Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to highlight plastic’s destructive journey

04/02/2019
  Present at every stage of their journey, wild fish are facing yet another threat: plastic pollution. We’ve teamed up […] Read More
water companies

A dismal end to 2018 for water companies, their regulators, and the government

22/01/2019
The end of 2018 was not pretty for water companies. Sadly, as always, our environment and waterways bear the brunt.  […] Read More
river coquet hydropower

Using data to protect wild fish: River Coquet hydropower

09/01/2019
  River Coquet Hydropower With the feed-in-tariffs for hydropower ending in March after little activity over the past couple of […] Read More
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2018: A year in review

21/12/2018
What have we achieved this year? 2018 has been our biggest year yet! So where has your support got us, […] Read More
NE salmon net closure

S&TC welcomes England’s NE salmon net closure

18/12/2018
NE salmon net closure S&TC welcomes the new Environment Agency byelaws which will close down the killing of Atlantic salmon […] Read More
smartrivers

Latest data on River Test and River Itchen reveals concerning issues

17/12/2018
  Test and Itchen are no exception to grim decline in water quality and flylife The S&TC Riverfly Census continues […] Read More

#ProtectWater campaign success: brilliant news for our waters and fish

06/12/2018
First success for #ProtectWater campaign Thanks to an extensive collaborative effort from over 100 NGO’s across Europe, including S&TC, an […] Read More

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