The Environment Agency has recruited and trained 84 new Agricultural Regulatory Inspection Officers to carry out advice-led regulation on farms. The officers complement the existing Land and Water officers who already regulate agriculture.
Chloe Hayes, Environment Monitoring Officer in the Environment Agency’s East Midlands area, explains how teams are working together to improve water quality in the River Ryton in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
Vicky and Maggie are the only women in the East Hampshire Field Team, a team that is on-the-ground doing manual work to protect communities from flooding. They tell us what it’s like working in a predominantly male team. Our jobs …
Jenny Connell has worked in the Environment Agency for 15 years. She is a Senior Specialist in the Environment Agency’s net zero team – and here, she gives an insight into the science behind the EA’s carbon offsetting strategy to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science
The problems facing water are complex, with multiple sources of pollution affecting water quality. One of the lesser-known areas of the Environment Agency’s work is cleaning up pollution from abandoned metal mines.
Mining played a major part in Britain’s rich industrial history, but this also left thousands of abandoned mines scattered across our landscape. Almost all these mines had closed by the early 1900s but they are still releasing harmful metals including lead, cadmium and copper. This is one of the top 10 issues for water quality in England as it harms fish and river insects. Abandoned mines are the largest source of metals to British rivers and seas (click here for more information). Pollution is localised to about 1,500km of rivers - mainly in the North East, Cumbria, Yorkshire & Cornwall.
Debbie Thompson leads the Stour Field Team and has been with the Environment Agency for 15 years.
Here, Debbie explains how the team works throughout the year to help protect communities from flooding and improve the environment for people and nature.
The 14-strong field team can be seen working across this large chunk of east Kent on most days of the year.
Jennifer Howard is an Asset Performance Advisor who has worked in Flood and Coastal Risk Management for the Environment Agency for 18 years. Her work is focussed on flood incident response. Here, she talks about how her background and how …