Tag Archives: water quality

Closed -consultation on improving our management of water quality in the environment

Closed 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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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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English Bathing Waters Update

New statistics released by DEFRA on the quality of bathing water around England have shown that swimming waters are the cleanest since records began. 413 beaches and lakes were tested around the country of which 98.5% of those passed standards with 93.2% of those being rated ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, an increase of over 5% since

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Updated River Basin Management Plans Published

The Environment Agency, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Natural Resources Wales have published the updated River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) following the 2014-15 consultation. These set out priorities for protection and improvement of the water environment to achieve good ecological status in accordance with the requirements of the Water Framework Directive. Links to the plans

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2015 Bathing Water Results Published

Defra has published the 2015 Bathing Waters Compliance Report. New, tougher bathing water standards are now in place with 4 categories: poor, sufficient, good and excellent. In total 624 freshwater, estuarine and coastal bathing waters (waters officially designated for bathing) were monitored across the UK with 415 in England, 102 in Wales, 84 in Scotland and 23 in

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Water for Life and Livelihoods Consultation Summary Response Published

The Environment Agency has published a report summarising the responses to the consultation on draft River Basin Management Plans that ran from 10 October 2014 to 10 April 2015. The consultation was the third and final stage of public consultation on the second cycle of river basin planning. It posed questions on proposed long-term objectives for

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Blackpool Illuminations: Schools Competition

Closing date 5 p.m., 17th July. LOVEmyBEACH has teamed up with Blackpool Council and illuminations curator Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to launch the LOVEmyBEACH education pack for schools with a linked competition to design a new LOVEmyBEACH poster. The winning entry, judged by Laurence, will be announced in September and the poster will be transferred onto a

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The Good Beach Guide – 2015

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has recently published its 2015 online Good Beach Guide. The guide includes a range of useful information including projected water quality, tide times, whether or not the beach is dog-friendly, has lifeguards, etc. in place, wildlife you might expect or be lucky enough to see and where and how to

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UK MARLISCO Forum 10th December 2014, London

The UK MARLISCO Forum is scheduled for the 10th December. MARLISCO (MARine LItter in European Seas: Social AwarenesS and CO-resposibility) is a European Seas project seeking to raise public awareness of litter problems within the marine environment, and to promote sustainable management to reduce marine litter originating from land and sea based sources. The marine environmental

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Celtic Seas Partnership – Help achieve Good Environmental Status in the Celtic Seas

The Celtic Seas Partnership encourages stakeholders to get involved in developing ideas and initiatives to achieve ‘Good Environmental Status’ in the Celtic Seas by 2020 in accordance with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Resulting from a series of workshops, surveys and consultations with multiple stakeholders, the Partnership is now setting up five thematic task groups to

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