In-depth: EA insiders disclose river monitoring regime flaws

“It’s become more important how we dispose of our teabags than how we monitor our rivers,” the Environment Agency officer tells ENDS with palpable frustration. “We spend more time looking at how we do the job than on what we do.”

The officer does not want their identity revealed for fear of repercussions. It is very rare that agency staff speak on the record because their activity is tightly controlled by head office.

But, exasperated and disillusioned, the officer decided to take the risk and blow the whistle anyway: the agency’s spot sampling river monitoring regime is “completely useless” and senior agency figures appear unwilling to improve the system, asserts the officer. 

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