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  • Bewl reservoir in High Weald, Kent. Photograph: Sue Martin/123RF

    New data adds to growing drought concerns

    EA data flagging low groundwater and reservoir levels in London, Kent and Hertfordshire follows a warning from the agency over critically low rainfall

  • Forest. Photograph: Volodimir Kalina/123RF

    Major forest for northern England planned

    Theresa May has announced a new ‘northern forest’ of 50 million trees to stretch between Hull and Liverpool, as part of the imminent 25-year plan

  • Hands holding water. Photograph: Dmitry Naumov/123RF

    EA warns of critically low rainfall in south-east

    The EA has voiced its concerns over the low-levels of rainfall across the south east of England

  • Sheep grazing on farmland in Devon. Photograph: Savo Ilic/123RF

    Water quality ‘could suffer after Brexit’

    Diffuse pollution from farming could reverse improvements in drinking water quality, the condition of rivers and the quality of bathing waters once the UK leaves the EU, according to researchers

  • Michael Gove. Photograph: DEFRA

    Brexit puts ‘significant strain’ on DEFRA

    Brexit and repeated resource cuts have left DEFRA struggling to fulfil its duties, forcing it to review and de-prioritise aspects of its workload, according to the National Audit Office

  • Water is being taken from some rivers and aquifers unsustainably. Photograph: Jon Ingall/123RF

    DEFRA sets out abstraction reform plans

    The EA will crack down on abstraction licences, develop catchment strategies, integrate licensing into permitting regulations, review charges and digitise the whole licensing system

  • Agriculture is a major source of nitrates. Photograph: Kevin Eaves/123RF

    Nitrate pollution inquiry launched

    An inquiry into nitrate pollution has been launched by the Environmental Audit Committee, investigating the scale of the problem and its impacts on environment and human health

  • Photograph: William Starkey/geograph.org.uk Updated

    Industry faces steep increase in EA charges

    The Environment Agency has opened consultation on fundamental changes to the way it sets regulatory fees

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