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Focus on: Bathing water quality

Focus on: Bathing water quality

The UK ranks 25th out of 30 European countries for bathing water quality, according to a recent survey. Where are the worst sites to take a dip?

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Biodiversity / conservation

‘Big success’: First beavers born in Essex since the Middle Ages

A pair of beavers released into an enclosure to help reduce flood risk in Essex have given birth to two kits, according to the Environment Agency

Fines Monitor Water pollution

Water firm fined for two sewage pollution incidents

Anglian Water has paid out £84,000 for two separate pollution incidents in Norfolk, one of which led to the death of a number of fish


EA behind on half of corporate objectives

The Environment Agency has failed to meet targets for water quality, illegal waste sites, flood management, influence on planning decisions, financial management and diversity, according to an official report

Water pollution

Raw sewage dumped into rivers and seas ‘at least 200,000 times’ in 2019

Water firms discharged raw sewage into England’s water bodies at least 200,000 times last year, according to an investigation, but the true figure is likely to be much higher and the real picture much worse


Covid-19 guidance tracker: live table

Updated daily: Use our sortable and regularly updated table of business-critical environment-related Covid-19 operational updates, regulatory position statements and guidance documents to navigate the coronavirus crisis


Water resources, efficiency

Why England's driest ever May is a sign of things to come

Why England's driest ever May is a sign of things to come

The Environment Agency appears to be in a muddle over whether England will face water shortages of 4.7bn or 3.4bn litres per day by 2050, but it is clear that the regulator and the water sector have known for more than a decade that without action demand would soon outstrip supply, so why are we not better prepared? Rachel Salvidge investigates

Biodiversity / conservation

Covid-19: The pandemic's threat to environmental progress

‘Malicious’ wildlife crime is on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic as green groups’ incomes crash and regulators stay at home, leaving nature vulnerable and huge numbers of environmental programmes undelivered. Rachel Salvidge reports

Land, Ecology & Development

How coronavirus is affecting the environmental consultancy market

Accreditation and permit work is steady but some sector-based work is drying up and consultancies are having to devise digital workarounds to undertake compliance checks. Adam Branson talks to consultants about operations under lockdown

Water quality

Pump and dump: Could the Covid-19 pandemic create more pollution?

A glut of milk caused by the closure of cafes and restaurants during lockdown is forcing farmers to find ways to discard it. But being 350 times more damaging to rivers than human sewage, is it being disposed of carefully? James Fair reports

Environmental Law

Policy changes and compliance deadlines that need to be on your radar in the next quarter

10 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in the next three months, including information on Brexit, river basin management plans and transport

Brexit Hub Water

Could the Environment Bill dilute water protections?

The Environment Bill contains provisions relating to water quality and abstraction that are causing concern, especially as post Brexit trade negotiations draw near. James Fair reports

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