"Target Date For Cleaning Up Waterways In England Is Moved Back By 36 Years"

"Environment Agency under fire for extending schedule for tackling pollution in rivers, lakes and coastal waters to 2063".

"Targets to clean up the majority of England’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters suffering from a cocktail of agricultural and sewage pollution have been pushed back from 2027 to 2063.

Not one English waterway, including rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters is in good ecological and chemical health at present, with pollution from water treatment plants and agriculture the key sources of the damage. The Environment Agency said on Thursday £5.3bn was being invested for the next five years to stop the further deterioration of waterways.

But the summary documents within the plan reveal the target for all 3,651 water bodies to achieve good chemical and ecological status – a state in which they are as close to their natural state as possible – was now decades away in 2063."

Sandra Laville reports for the Guardian December 22, 2022.

Source: Guardian, 12/23/2022