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Rivers used as ‘open sewers’: all hope is not lost

Rivers used as ‘open sewers’: all hope is not lost

Posted by Emily Cooper

A recent report featured by the BBC highlighted the dire state of rivers in England, with WWF claiming that they are being treated like 'open sewers'. At present, just 14% of rivers in England are considered in 'good' ecological health under the EU Water Framework Directive. The Environment Agency believe…

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River Keekle Restoration

River Keekle Restoration

Posted by Emily Cooper

On the surface, this photo of the River Keekle portrays an idyllic scene. Look a little closer, and you'll find a very sinister problem lurking beneath the surface. Take a closer look at the riverbed. That black sheet protruding out of the river? That's plastic. During the 1990s, mining took…

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Five Rivers: Fundraising for The Rivers Trust

Five Rivers: Fundraising for The Rivers Trust

Posted by Emily Cooper

Trekking 50km across the Brecon Beacons is admirable—but fundraising for charity while doing it is extraordinary. Extraordinary is the perfect word to describe the Five Rivers team. This environmental management firm has an obvious dedication to the natural world, a value which resonates through its activities and its staff. This…

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Reducing Your Water Footprint

Reducing Your Water Footprint

Posted by Emily Cooper

You've probably all heard of carbon footprints, and maybe even measured yours—but your water footprint is just as important! What is a water footprint? A water footprint adds up the total volume of water consumed by a particular entity within a given time period. This can be calculated for a…

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River Safety Routine

River Safety Routine

Posted by Emily Cooper

Over summer as temperatures begin to rise, it can be really tempting to cool off in the river—but knowing how to stay safe is incredibly important. River safety should be at the forefront of your mind if you decide to take the plunge (excuse the pun!) into wild swimming. Before…

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