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‘South East water crisis’: EA and Ofwat pledge to protect rivers with new ...

Two new national water resource strategies will “fundamentally shift” water management in England, according to regulators Ofwat and the Environment Agency

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Brexit Hub Environmental Law

‘Concerning’ Brexit regulations allow change to environmental compliance tests

Regulations approved by the Commons on Tuesday could allow the government to change how compliance with a raft of EU environmental legislation is judged, observers fear


Environment Bill: Water rules tweaked but ‘wriggle room’ remains

Provisions in the Environment Bill relating to abstraction, water quality, drainage and water resource planning would “make sure that we have a cleaner, greener and more resilient country for the next generation”, according to DEFRA, but experts say the changes do not go far enough and could give future environment secretaries too much “wriggle room” to revise targets


‘Deliberate misreporting’: Ofwat confirms £126m penalty against Southern Water

Serious failures at sewage treatment works and ‘deliberate misreporting’ of their performance have led Ofwat to impose a £126m bill on Southern Water

Land, Ecology & Development

Fears grow over HS2 impacts on rivers and water supplies

Tensions are rising over the impact the High Speed 2 rail line (HS2) could have on rivers and water supplies in water-stressed areas along its route, following an increase in the volumes of water projected to be needed by the project

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Johnson promises an ‘environmental transformation’ under no deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced there will be an “environmental transformation” if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, in a new report on no deal preparations


Environmental Law

15 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in October

Important deadlines relating to plastics production and pollution, costs protection for environmental claims, environmental permitting, nitrates action, environmental damage reporting, waste management, water use and restriction of chemicals are coming up in October

Fines Monitor Environmental Law

Fines Monitor: The UK’s 10 largest environmental penalties

Tens of millions of pounds of financial penalties have been issued by UK regulators in response to environmental crimes, with payouts getting ever-larger. Click through to view details of the 10 largest penalties to date


Infographic: A kaleidoscope of river pollution incidents

How ink spills, deposits from disused mines and non-toxic tracer dyes have caused the UK's rivers to turn unnatural shades


'River of death': the efforts to clean up one of the UK's most polluted waterways

Why pollution in east London's river Lea is a huge and enduring problem, and what's being done to clean it up


Why are sales and exports of UK-sourced bottled water spiking while river levels struggle?

With river and groundwater levels struggling and a squeeze on public water supplies looming, why are sales of home-sourced bottled water increasing and hundreds of millions of litres being exported out of the country? Rachel Salvidge investigates

Land, Ecology & Development

5 things you need to know about… the UK’s biggest seagrass restoration project

The Seagrass Ocean Rescue project aims to restore a seagrass meadow's habitat and carbon-absorbing properties

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