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Bathing Water News

Defra has published their Bathing Water Newsletter (June 2014). It includes information on the 2013 bathing water results and the European Commission 2013 bathing water report, where to find information about bathing waters on the new Government website, a report from the 2013 Cleaner Seas Forum, work on Short Term Pollution and bathing water usage

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Irish Sea Maritime Forum 3rd Annual Conference – Booking and Programme Available!

The ISMF Steering Group is pleased to announce that the third Irish Sea Maritime Forum Annual Conference will take place on Wednesday 2nd July 2014 at the Rum Warehouse, Stanley Dock, Liverpool. The theme of this year’s conference is Blue Growth, a strategic initiative by the European Union to support sustainable growth in marine and

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North West Seaside Award Winners – 2014

Keep Britain Tidy has today (20th May) announced national winners of the Seaside Awards, with thirteen beaches in North West England achieving the standards required. These are (from north to south): St Bees, Silecroft and Haverigg, Cumbria (managed by Copeland Borough Council) Morecambe North and Morecambe South (managed by Lancaster City Council) Ferry Beach and Rossall Beaches,

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Consultation on small sewage discharges: a new approach to regulation in England

Closes 10th June Defra are consulting on reforms of the regulatory system to control small sewage discharges from septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants in England. The consultation proposes a new approach to regulating domestic wastewater systems where the discharges are small, for example systems serving individual or small groups of properties. The new

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Consultation on River Basin Management Planning Ministerial Guidance and Standards

This consultation closes on 30th May 2014 Defra and the Welsh Government are seeking views on their draft updated guidance to the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales on river basin planning. The guidance includes a description of how the two Government Agencies will be expected to use the new and updated standards in classifying

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Consultation on the Sulphur Content of Marine Fuel

This consultation closes at 1 July 2014 4:00pm The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is consulting on the draft Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) and Motor Fuel (Composition and Content)(Amendment) Regulations 2014 implementing EU Directive 2012/33/EU on the sulphur content of marine fuel. They are seeking views from industry on the Government’s proposals

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Coastal Access Update

Cumbria Coastal Access Monthly Update: May 2014  This update provides local and regional representatives and other interested stakeholders with a brief summary on progress for each of the coastal stretches Natural England is working on in Cumbria including the recently ‘commenced’ coastal access rights from Allonby to Whitehaven and developments on the next stretch from

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Consultation Outcome: Proposal to remove Roanhead and Askam in Furness beaches from the list of designated bathing waters

Defra has published the summary of responses and the outcome of their consultation on the de-designation of the Roanhead and Askam in Furness bathing waters. Outcome: both Askam in Furness and Roanhead will be removed from the list of bathing waters with effect from the 2014 bathing season on the grounds of concerns about public

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Announcing the 3rd biennial North West Awards for Coastal Excellence (NW ACE 2014)

The North West Coastal Forum is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 3rd biennial NW ACE – an award scheme to recognise outstanding achievement in and contribution to the long-term management of our coast and near-shore marine environments. NW ACE winners and highly commended entrants will have an opportunity to showcase their

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National Infrastructure Projects – North West Update

The National Infrastructure Planning website has details of the following major infrastructure projects in the coastal or marine area of North West England. Click on the project names below to go the the National Infrastructure Planning website page for each project. Projects go through a range of stages and these are explained in brief below:

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