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Together for rivers

At present, there are no designated bathing waters in UK rivers. This means that the rivers people use to swim, paddle catch and play could be severely polluted, without people even knowing it. In some cases, this can lead to bouts of illness, and put people off of using rivers entirely. With your help, we can change that.

We want to introduce bathing water standards for well-used rivers across the UK. This will ensure they are held to higher standards of cleanliness, and help river users to make more informed choices about where to spend their time. This isn’t just about people, though; cleaner water is vital for healthy, biodiverse populations of plants and animals. Many key freshwater species will only live in rivers with clean water. 

To see bathing water standards introduced, we need to build a national monitoring programme so we can observe the scale of the problem and gather data to back up our case. If we want to make this a reality, we need your support.

It’s time to wade in. Together, for rivers. 

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Do Your Bit Against Drought


Drought is getting worse—and we need to protect our rivers before it’s too late.

Although drought occurs naturally as a result of low rainfall and high temperatures, climate change and population growth have placed an unbearable strain on freshwater. When water levels drop, pollutant concentrations increase, fish are prevented from following their natural migration routes, and ecosystems fail to function.

Until stricter legislation against unsustainable abstraction is introduced, we need to take matters into our own hands. Visit our campaign page below to find out how you can help. #WaterIsLife, so let’s protect ours before it’s too late.

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Your local rivers and streams are being littered and polluted with wet wipes. Let’s work together to make it stop

We’re The Rivers Trust, and we’re working with United Utilities in your area to raise awareness of the impact wet wipes are having on our rivers environment. You’ve probably heard about the issues wet wipes are causing, but did you know it’s happening so close to where you live?

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