‘Restart water abstraction reform’ to avoid river risk

More than half of all chalk streams and nearly a quarter of rivers in England are at risk from drying out, according to WWF, and action must be taken to avoid this

River Itchen at Ovington. Photograph: Ian Pitt/123RFThe government must restart its work on abstraction reform and set environmental limits across whole catchments, rather than particular sites, according to WWF.

In a report, published on 24 June, WWF analyses freedom of information requests to show that more than half of England’s chalk streams and a quarter of its rivers are at risk of damage due to poor water management.

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