Regional News

Making the Right Connections to Improve Bathing Water

As part of their ongoing work to improve bathing water quality in the North West, particularly before new stricter standards are introduced in 2015, the Environment Agency are reviewing sewer plans and using innovative techniques to identify and tackle places plumbing is misconnected. These misconnections occur when an appliance such as a washing machine or

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Burbo Bank Extension Consultation Update

Dong Energy have published a document with information on the progress of the consultation process for the Burbo Bank windfarm extension in Liverpool Bay. The update details the consultation timetable and contains information on developments together with project contact information and is downloadable from the Dong website. The second round of community consultation events will begin in April 2012, with details

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Fisheries Update

The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) are holding a Technical, Scientific and Bylaw Subgroup Committee meeting on February 17th. This meeting is not open to the public or press, however papers are available on the NWIFCA website.   Defra’s winter 2011/12 issue of Fishing Focus is available to download from their website.This

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The 2nd North West Awards for Coastal Excellence (NW ACE 2012)

The North West Coastal Forum is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2nd 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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World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Opens off the Cumbrian Coast

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, opened the world’s biggest offshore windfarm off Walney in Cumbria today (9th February). The £1 billion pound wind farm consists of 102 turbines and will produce enough power to supply 320,000 households. It is a joint venture between DONG Energy, SSE and OPW. It

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UNESCO Officials Deliver Report on Liverpool’s World Heritage

A delegation of UNESCO officials have published a report detail their recommendations on the World Heritage Status of Liverpool, following a visit in November to assess the impact of proposed developments in the city’s docklands. The delegation reported positively on the impact of completed projects, the new Liverpool Museum and the Mann Island, which have invigorated

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NW-IFCA Update

The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority  (NW IFCA) are currently assessing the Ribble cockle fishery after its closure in November due to safety concerns. There is concern that the stocks, which were already low due to the intense fishing last year,  may have been further reduced by the gales in early January and it is unlikely that the

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Outer Solway Offshore Wind

DONG Energy have begun a feasibility project to investigate the potential for an offshore windfarm in the outer Solway Firth. The study is set to continue for the next four months and DONG have indicated that local consultations will be conducted in the new year. For more information, visit the project website. Map of the search

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Identifying Bacterial Pollution from Source to Sea in the NW

The Environment Agency has begun a project to discover sources of bacterial pollution affecting sea water quality in the North West. The NW has 31 bathing beaches, all of which are subject to more stringent standards under the revised European Bathing Water Directive, which the EA will begin monitoring for in 2012. Although there have been

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Extended Timetable for Marine Conservation Zones

The Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) Project’s timetable has been extended. The Irish Sea Conservation Zones (ISCZ) group recommended 19  MCZs in its project area; and ISCZ was one of four regional groups whose stakeholders worked together to recommend a total of 127 MCZs. What happens next? 8th September 2011: ISCZ handed its final recommendations to

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