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Consultation on improving our management of water quality in the environment

Closes 11:45 p.m.12th March 2019 Defra is consulting on proposals for improving the long-term planning of water resources and drainage, and proposals to modernise water regulation. The proposals include: reforming abstraction licensing to clarify when the Environment Agency can amend licences amending laws to allow a new charging methodology for Internal Drainage Boards making the

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Closed – Consultation on proposals for new and amended standard rules for flood risk activities

Closes 8 p.m. 11th January 2019 The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 allow the Environment Agency to offer standard rules for specific activities. This consultation proposes amendments to the existing standard rules and the creation of three new standard rules. The overall aim is to increase the uptake of flood risk activity standard

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Marine Planning Iteration 3 On-line Engagement and Workshops

The next round of formal marine planning engagement by the Marine Management Organisation on the developing North West Marine Plan (and others) starts in January 2019. The on-line engagement opens on 21st January and runs until 29th March. It will be supplemented by a series of regional workshops and you are urged to book your

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Bathing water results for 2018

The 2018 bathing water results are out and classifications for the North West’s 30 designated bathing waters (including 4 inland) are given below. A new classification for bathing water quality was brought in 4 years ago. The new classifications are much tougher than the previous system of classification but 97.9% of bathing waters in England

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WireWall Update – October 2018

An October update below from the National Oceanography Centre re their WireWall research project on measuring wave overtopping (see earlier news article): Week commencing the 22nd Oct the tides were turning to springs. With a persistent West/North West wind on the forecast from Monday afternoon, the end of the week looked like a good opportunity to

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Closed – consultation on proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic – stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England.

Closes 11:45 p.m., 3rd December 2018 Defra is seeking views on proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England. The government’s 25 year Environment Plan includes the aim of introducing new measures to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste. These single use plastics are associated with

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Closed – Call for Evidence: Landscapes Review

Closes 11:45 p.m. 18th December 2018 Defra is calling for evidence on what works well and what could be improved in England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) to inform an independent review into whether the protections for National Parks and AONBs are still fit for purpose. In particular, what might be

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Closed – consultation on revision to marine licensing exemptions

Closes 11:45 p.m. 14th December 2018 Defra is seeking views on proposed changes to marine licensing exemptions in the marine areas where the Secretary of State is the appropriate licensing authority, as administered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). Marine licence exemptions mean that organisations don’t have to apply for a marine licence to carry

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Coastal Partnerships Annual Forum 2018 – 27 & 28 November, Cardiff

The Coastal Partnerships Network Annual Forum is the national Continuing Professional Development event for Coastal Partnership Officers, members of their Steering Groups or Boards, partner representatives and anyone who works, or is interested in working, in partnership on the coast. It provides up to date information on the latest legislation and key issues affecting or affected by

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Coastal Challenge Summit 2018 – Report Now Available

On the 24th April 2018, three established coastal networks, the Coastal Partnerships Network (CPN), the Coastal Communities Alliance (CCA) and the Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group (LGA Coastal SIG) met at Europe House, Smith Square in London to explore common ground on coastal issues and joint opportunities for advancing the environmental, economic and

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