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How we keep the UK’s longest river flowing to protect water supply, business and habitats

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From its source in mid Wales to its mouth at the Severn Estuary, the River Severn might be the UK’s longest river at 354km, however, occasionally it still needs a helping hand. The River Severn forms part of a large …

Creating a pioneering model of river stewardship

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After the floods in 2007 in Sheffield the Environment Agency undertook a comprehensive programme of works to clear the River Don of tree growth, vegetation and debris. Both eyewitness accounts and subsequent modelling demonstrated the capacity of the channel was …

Building a greener future

As I begin my tenure as Chair of the Environment Agency it is now, more than ever, that we need a bold new vision for the environment. Over the last 40 years EU legislation has helped shape and promote improvements …

New water quality standards are in place at bathing beaches – so what’s changed?

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There are over 400 bathing waters in England, and from 2016 water quality will be classified as either Excellent, Good, Sufficient or Poor, based upon regular samples and testing by the Environment Agency to check how clean the water is. …