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Is your river healthy? Chances are, it is suffering. Even though the water may look clear there are hidden threats to our rivers water qualities. These include over-abstraction, agricultural practices and sewage.
In fact, fewer than one in five UK rivers currently meet the Good Ecological Status standards required by the European Union’s Water Framework Directive, and nearly 25% are at risk of over-abstraction. As a result, half of all freshwater wildlife, including many fish species, are in decline and 13% are threatened with extinction.
Now a new campaign, spearheaded by WWF-UK and backed by the Angling Trust is pressing government for better protection for our precious rivers from over-abstraction and sewage pollution, and is inviting individuals and clubs to make their voices heard through the Nature Needs You campaign.
The way it works is there is a form on the website which allows a message to be sent direct to your MP. Within the form, anglers can tell their MP why it's important they act to protect a favourite river. This is important, because deteriorating water quality is affecting our fishing, and our childrens’ fishing.
Through the form, anglers can
ask their MP to put pressure on the new Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, to deliver on the government’s long-overdue promise to reform the outdated water abstraction regime and to exert stricter controls over sewer overflows.
In addition, angling clubs can consider holding your own events by requesting a specially designed River Engagement Packs. The packs contain postcards to send to MPs, a fold-out guide, a more detailed pamphlet that explains the issues and how they can be resolved, and an A3 poster to be displayed in riverside shops, cafes, nature reserves or any other waterside establishment.
Packs can be obtained through Angling Trust Campaigns Officer James Champkin at: james.champkin@anglingtrust.net

UPDATE: More than 3,800 letters have already been sent to 576 individual MPs in England and Wales, with at least one MP writing directly to Michael Gove asking for the campaign aims to be addressed.
To sign the form click here:

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