Why official data could show a decline in England’s water quality

A crucial official report on the health of England’s rivers and lakes has been kicked into the long grass in a move designed, some observers have suggested, to avoid political embarrassment ahead of the general election.

by Rachel Salvidge
Data setting out the health of rivers and lakes has been kicked into the long grass. Photograph: Jonathan Allison/Getty Images
Data setting out the health of rivers and lakes has been kicked into the long grass. Photograph: Jonathan Allison/Getty Images

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