What a letter from Gove reveals about the government’s water quality ambitions

A letter from the environment secretary has led to fears that current efforts to restore water bodies under the Water Framework Directive will be watered down. Catherine Early reports

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Agriculture: cited as a reason behind slow progress on WFD targets

“Sheer pressure” from human populations, industry and agriculture was recently cited by environment secretary Michael Gove as the reason why the UK is not on course to meet targets under the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD).

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