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walesonline.co.uk 15 Sep, 2021 00:15 am

Rivers, wetlands and waters polluted by agriculture and sewage, says report

Rivers, wetlands and waters polluted by agriculture and sewage, says report
Protected sites among areas hit by poor water quality, harming wildlife

In England, only 14% of rivers meet standards for good ecological status, less than half make the grade in Wales and only 31% of water bodies in Northern Ireland are classified as good or high quality.A survey of people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland conducted as part of the report found 88% agreed that freshwater habitats were a “national treasure” and many visit lakes, streams and rivers for a range of activities – including wildlife spotting." The report highlights seven case studies, ranging from the Norfolk Broads to the River Wye, Cardigan Bay in Wales and Upper Lough Erne in Northern Ireland, which have been designated as sites of special importance for nature – but which are suffering from water pollution.p Show me Rivers, wetlands and waters around the UK are being damaged by water pollution, putting habitats and wildlife at risk, a report has warned.

The report from a partnership of environmental charities including the RSPB, the Rivers Trust and the National Trust warns water bodies are being harmed by agricultural waste, raw sewage and pollution from abandoned mines.Protected sites are among the areas hit by poor water quality, harming key wildlife such as otters, the swallow-tail butterfly and salmon which depend on them.

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