Ending sewage spills would not clean up river bathing waters, say EA chiefs

Pollution from farming is so problematic that inland bathing waters would continue to fail to meet water quality standards even if raw sewage discharges were stopped, the bosses of the Environment Agency have told staff.

by Rachel Salvidge
Cattle grazing near a stream
Farms are responsible for around half of all river pollution, according to the EA. Photograph: Getty Images

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