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Record number of new bathing sites get the go ahead

Dozens of new wild swimming spots in England are being designated as bathing waters ahead of the summer and will immediately benefit from regular...

OEP finds ‘deeply concerning’ issues with how the laws in place to protect England’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters are being put into practice

‘Deeply concerning’ failures to properly implement regulations designed to protect rivers, lakes and coastal waters in England mean key targets for improvement will be...

UK government joins G7 nations and calls for swift action to protect marine habitats and halt biodiversity loss

The G7 nations have agreed new commitments to reduce plastic waste, improve air pollution, resource efficiency, and halt and reverse biodiversity loss. The commitments were...

UK-wide ban on wet wipes containing plastic to be put into law

The Environment Secretary has confirmed the UK Government will introduce new world-leading legislation to ban wet wipes containing plastic. Defra intend to bring forward the...

Environment Secretary appoints two Non-Executive Directors to the Environment Agency

The Environment Secretary has appointed Brittany Harris and Maya Leibman as Non-Executive Directors to the Environment Agency Board. The appointments began on 1 April...

South West Water in court for series of alleged offences

South West Water appeared before Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on 17th April 2024, where it faced 30 charges relating to illegal water discharge activities and...

New multi-million pound action plan launched to protect the River Wye

On Friday 12th April, Farming Minister Mark Spencer announced a new plan to better protect and preserve the River Wye for future generations, including...

Environment Secretary Steve Barclay has announced up to £11 million from water company fines and penalties will be reinvested to directly improve the water...

Up to £11 million in water company fines and penalties will be reinvested back into a new Water Restoration Fund (WRF), Environment Secretary Steve...

Southern Water receives Government backing for extra £10m investment in cutting storm overflows – to be spent before spring 2025

Southern Water has been given the green light to increase its investment in driving down the use of storm overflows after a short-term £10m...

Over £180m of investment fast-tracked to prevent sewage spills

Fast-tracked investment of £180m over the next 12 months is expected to prevent more than 8000 sewage spills polluting English waterways, the Environment Secretary...

40 projects to benefit from £25 million funding for natural flood management

Forty projects which will use natural processes such as planting trees and creating wetlands to reduce the risk of flooding are set to benefit...

Water company inspections will more than quadruple as the Government cracks down on poor performing companies

The Government has announced plans that will see water company inspections more than quadruple, in an attempt to crack down on poor performing companies. The...

Water bosses could be banned from receiving bonuses if a company has committed serious criminal breaches

The Environment Secretary has announced that Water bosses are set to be banned from receiving bonuses if a company has committed serious criminal breaches. Ofwat...

House of Lords committee says we need to regulate the regulators

A House of Lords committee has raised significant concerns over the role of UK regulators, their ability to operate with genuine independence from Government,...

Government launches new measures to halt and reverse nature’s decline

New measures have been set out by the Government to boost nature recovery on land and at sea.  The new plans - announced one year...

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