In the new film, which launched on Tuesday 27 September, experts and people who live by and work with the river Severn give their testimonies as to how the river has been allowed to deteriorate and the dire consequences for people and wildlife.
The film includes fresh claims from Environment Agency whistleblowers, who say that they are being prevented from doing their jobs and from tackling water pollution.
The documentary led ITV West Country’s evening news bulletin on Friday 30 September, while ENDS Report’s deputy editor Rachel Salvidge appeared on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester last week to discuss the findings of ENDS’ investigation.
WATCH ENDS’ FILM NOW - SEVERN: The poisoning of Britain’s Amazon
READ MORE: Who’s killing Britain’s rivers?
Those who watched the film have shared positive feedback on social media, with viewers describing the documentary as “really important viewing”, “an outstanding report”, and “bold, brutal, brilliant”.
‘Really important viewing’
This is an outstanding report by @RachSalv and #ENDSReport.— Ian Williams (@EnviroTaff) September 27, 2022
Hang your heads in shame @WaterUK @NFUtweets @EnvAgency.
But remember, the real criminals are successive @Conservatives governments since 2010 that have defunded regulators and turned a blind eye to #SewagePollution. https://t.co/oPL1Xqdfex
An excellent film explaining the decline of pollution regulation, pollution control & chronic underfunding of @EnvAgency by @Conservatives - essential to understand issues on Severn/elsewhere. thank you @TheENDSReport for excellent journalism. #AttackOnNature #EnoughIsEnough https://t.co/gJQxvRqII3— Lisa Schneidau (@LisaSchneidau) October 1, 2022
‘Bold, brutal, brilliant’
Bold, brutal brilliant. Respect to the whistleblowers.— Ashley Smith (@ashsmith43) September 27, 2022