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|Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:47 pm Post subject: Blueprint for Water!
|A fantastic piece of work by many of our NGO's working together.
Please take time to go to the link and read all the 10 steps.
One of the 10 points is dear to our collective thoughts at AnglersVoice.
Keep sewage out of homes and rivers and off beaches
Most of our sewers were built in Victorian times, for a population less than half what it is today. As a result of significant investment we have made huge progress in modernising this ageing infrastructure, but problems still remain. Whenever we experience heavy rainfall, sewers struggle to cope and raw sewage overflows, entering homes and polluting rivers and beaches.
Upgrade the sewage system to reduce discharges of sewage into urban environments and ecologically sensitive areas
By 2008, the Environment Agency must review and replace all â€˜deemed’ consents given to water companies around the time of privatisation or earlier that allow them to discharge sewage into the environment without penalty.
In the 2009 price review, Ofwat must approve an investment programme to tackle the remaining intermittent sewage discharges that cause environmental damage, health risks and sewage flooding to homes.
In the 2009 price review, Ofwat should approve significant investment in sustainable alternatives to traditional high-energy and high-cost sewage treatment methods.
By 2009, Defra should remove the automatic right of connection of new developments to existing public sewers.
Here is the link to visit and PLEASE support the EDM proposed on the web site. http://www.blueprintforwater.org.uk/blueprint.html
Pass around all the forums and contacts ASAP.
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|Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:02 pm Post subject:
|Radical action needed for water
Embargoed until 00.01 on Tuesday, 28 November 2006
An unprecedented coalition of environmental and angling groups has produced a ten-point plan of action to secure a healthy water environment for people and wildlife.
The grouping, which represents more than six million people, will hand its Blueprint for Water to Environment Minister, Ian Pearson, in the House of Commons today (Tuesday, 28 November) and will be watching closely to determine whether the Government is making progress on the 10 points of action.
â€œWe are setting out a clear programme of action the Government must take in order to meet agreed European standards for water management by 2015, said Paul King, Director of Campaigns at WWF-UK, on behalf of the coalition.
â€œWe have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reverse the neglect of our water resources and freshwater environment.
â€œProviding enough clean, safe water is becoming ever more difficult and expensive and climate change is increasing the challenge.
The Blueprint outlines the steps needed to slash the amount of water wasted in homes and businesses. It also calls for a huge increase in the currently low-level of fines for water pollution and the creation of a fund to help urban and rural communities restore river catchments.
Paul Knight, Executive Director of the Salmon and Trout Association, said: â€œBritain's four million anglers and the billions they generate for local economies, depend on healthy water ecosystems.
â€œManaging our water better has great benefits for wildlife, for fish and for jobs - we can no longer afford to misuse such a priceless resource.
Graham Wynne, Chief Executive of the RSPB said: â€œWater, rivers and wetlands have helped shape our nation, our wildlife and the way we think about ourselves.
â€œYet today many of our waterways are devoid of the fish, plants and animals they once supported, our wetlands have been lost and our rivers are polluted and over-abstracted.
â€œUnless things change the country will become increasingly parched and lifeless and we will all end up paying far too high a price for the shameful way we use and abuse our water.
For more information contact:
John Clare, RSPB media officer 01767 680551
Alex Hartridge, WWF Press Officer 01483 412347
Chris Philpot, Waterwise media and campaigns manager 0207 957 4615
A PDF of the full Blueprint is available on request
Notes to editors:
1. Supporting quotes from other members of the coalition:
Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust:
"It's clear that adequate supplies of clean water are essential, not only for our lives but for the health of the habitats, species, landscapes and soils we depend on. For too long, we've taken water for granted - we hope the Blueprint will mark the beginning of a concerted effort to put this right."
Jacob Tompkins, Director of Waterwise:
â€œWater is crucial to all our lives and to the economy, but increasingly we will see floods, droughts, pollution, rising prices and dwindling reserves.
â€œWe can all make a difference by making small behavioural changes to reduce water wastage and by choosing more water efficient products. Incorporating water efficient appliances into the built environment will ensure a sustainable supply for the future.
Arlin Rickard, Director of the Association of Rivers Trusts:
â€œRecent joint initiatives and community based projects have successfully shown there are better and more cost effective ways to manage our water. Blueprint has pooled this knowledge into a single strategic document that offers positive solutions.
Mark Lloyd, Executive Director of the Anglers’ Conservation Association, said:
â€œThe ACA regards the Blueprint as absolutely vital to safeguard our rivers and waterways. Anglers are often able to see at first hand the damage we are doing to our water and its wildlife. Without adequate protection for our rivers there will be no fishing.
Martin Spray, Chief Executive of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust:
â€œWetlands are the lifeblood of our planet but they are disappearing faster than rainforests. As well as storing and cleaning our water, wetlands protect us from floods and storms, are a source of food and natural resources and provide essential habitats for a wealth of animal and plant species. This Blueprint is a vital step towards taking action together to prevent further loss and degradation of wetlands.
Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, said:
â€œWater is essential for all life. The EU Water Framework Directive provides an unprecedented opportunity for the UK Government to make a real improvement to the health of our water environment for the benefit of wildlife and people. This is a narrow window of opportunity and we need to act on it now.