None of England’s rivers or lakes are in good health, according to official data which has prompted calls for urgent action.
nvironment Agency figures show that every monitored surface water body in England failed new stricter standards for chemical pollution, meaning none were given an overall clean bill of health.
When figures were last published in 2016, 16% of waters were classed as in good health, but conservationists said the new data reveals the true poor state of rivers, lakes and streams.
Urgent investment is needed now to turn our suffering waters into thriving blue corridors for wildlifeRichard Benwell, Wildlife and Countryside Link
Other indicators that make up the overall measure of good health also show little or no improvement, they warn, with only 16% of waters classed as in good ecological status in 2019 – the same as in 2016.
Just one in seven rivers (14%) was classed