English communities asked to lead on urban river clean-up

The government has rejected tougher regulation of diffuse urban pollution, instead calling on communities to help clean up rivers in towns and cities

The government is calling on local communities to help tackle diffuse urban pollution which has contributed to the ecological decline of up to two thirds of English water bodies.

It wants communities to lead efforts to tackle dirty and polluted water from roads and industrial areas, poorly plumbed drainage systems and polluted sediments.

The environment department (DEFRA) has put forward the idea in a consultation on its strategy for combating diffuse urban pollution in England. This is needed to “halt any decline and reverse the damage we have done over many decades to water ecosystems and minimise future risks in adapting to climate change”.

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