‘Abstracted to death’: MPs debate plight of England’s chalk streams

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey has hinted that the government is ready to back plans for a new reservoir in Oxfordshire as MPs called on the government to take action to prevent the collapse of England’s chalk streams.

In an adjournment debate yesterday, Charles Walker, Conservative MP for Broxbourne, warned that a number of chalk stream rivers “are degraded or dying” around his Hertfordshire constituency.

Last month, a group of 12 rivers and wildlife organisations warned that England’s rare and fragile chalk streams are in such a stressed state that water restrictions should urgently be put in place to protect them.

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