The water industry in England has set out an ambitious new vision for the 2020s with the publication today (Monday 3 September 2018) of a Manifesto for Water.
It reveals plans for a major investment programme in services, a significant cut in leakage, an overall real-term reduction in bills, and a big increase in help for people who struggle to pay. It also includes a new programme for helping the environment which will see 8000 km of rivers cleaned and improved.
The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is seeking information on local partnerships and the delivery of economic, health an environmental benefits. Defra has commissioned independent research consultancy, Collingwood Environmental Planning (with its partners the Ecosystems Knowledge Network and New Economics Foundation) to undertake a survey on this topic.
This years’ Asia Riverprize finalists are the Pasig River (Philippines) and the Yangtze River (China).
This years’ Bert and Vera Thiess Australasia Riverprize finalists are Whangawehi Stream (New Zealand), Laidley Creek (Australia) and the Parramatta River (Australia). Also highly commended are the Oven and Kings River (Australia) and Yarra River (Australia).
Natural England has opened a new science research and outreach centre in the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve in Yorkshire.
The centre features an educational unit for visitors, schools and universities, alongside a laboratory facility that will carry out research on how the peatland influences the environment beyond its physical boundaries.
Four new reports on Natural Capital which were published this week as part of the Valuing Nature Programme will enable governments and businesses to take an evidence-based approach to valuing the UK's natural assets.
Photographers, both amateur and professional, are invited to submit up to four photographs or short films for the inaugural edition of Flow Photo.
A threatened species of crayfish is making a comeback in Lincolnshire after the Environment Agency (EA) and conservation groups relocated them away from their invasive non-native predators.
Native white-clawed crayfish – the country’s largest freshwater crustaceans – have been in decline since non-native American signal crayfish escaped into UK waters in the 1970s. The larger, invasive crayfish outcompete native species for food and habitat and carry a disease fatal to the UK species.
Read this CEH blog on how the dry weather of summer 2018 impacted river flows, groundwater, soil moisture and reservoirs; and how this year's drought compares to previous droughts.
Read the blog here.
One of the longest-running studies of streams in the world – the minute study of 14 brooks that tumble through a remote Welsh mountain landscape – has exposed a troubling loss of riverine wildlife.
Ecologists working on the Llyn Brianne Observatory project in mid Wales, which has been in operation for almost 40 years, have flagged up the disappearance and decline of invertebrates from the streams.