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Creating the country’s largest fish pass

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We needed to make sure that diverting water through the fish pass must not lower the flow through either the canoe slalom course at the adjoining Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre or the turbines of a local hydropower operation.  We also needed to allow for maintenance access to the Holme Sluices.

Radioactivity in food and the environment

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Oldbury nuclear site (EA-owned photo)

We’ve just published our annual report about radioactivity in food and the environment. Our radiation specialist Becca Williams shares the headlines from our monitoring and assessment work and talks about how artificial radioactivity gets into the environment. Headlines Radioactivity in …

My Experience Interning with the Environment Agency

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Mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change is something I’m very passionate about. From experiencing heatwaves first-hand here in the UK, to hearing about drinking-water wells drying up due to drought in my parents’ villages in Sri Lanka, witnessing the negative impacts of climate change across the world is what initially pushed me to pursue a career in this field. 

How the Environment Agency uses data to protect our water resources in a changing climate

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After spending almost 20 years collecting data in the West Midlands to respond to climate change challenges, like flooding and drought, I still love the job I do as much as when I first got called to interview for the Environment Agency.

Citizen Science in East Anglia

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photo of two people stood in a river with a bucket and a fishnet to do some monitoring

Citizen science initiatives provide invaluable data about our water environment and complement our own monitoring and assessment work, enabling a greater understanding of the issues we face and how together we can take action going forward. John Findlay, who works in the East Anglia analysis and reporting team at the EA, writes here about his role and the data his team is collecting.

Creating a Wildlife Corridor in the River Lugg

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Jude Ward, Biodiversity Technical Specialist, West Midlands The Environment Agency maintains a number of flood and coastal defence assets across 7000km of river. It’s my job as a biodiversity technical specialist to ensure these assets are maintained, repaired, and created …

Weir making a real difference to water quality on the River Cole

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‘a fast-flowing river running down a weir, in between two grass banks’

The Environment Agency enables partnerships to come together and improve the local environment to benefit wildlife and communities. Catchment Coordinator for the EA, Adam Noon, tells us more about removing Ackers Weir on the River Cole in East Birmingham.

Results from the latest report into UK salmon stocks

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Salmon are a keystone species and an iconic indicator of a healthy, clean environment and highly valued by the general public and by those who fish for them. Every year, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales report on the state of our salmon stock levels, to help determine any actions that need to be taken to protect this species.