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‘Agriculture and sewage polluting rivers, wetlands and waters’ – report

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Rivers and water bodies in England – including in East Anglia – are failing to meet standards for good ecological status because of water pollution from agricultural waste and raw sewage, a report says.

The Troubled Waters report by environmental charities including the RSPB, the Rivers Trust and the National Trust warns water bodies are being harmed from a range of sources including farm waste and pollution from abandoned mines.

Rivers, wetlands, and waters around the UK are being damaged – putting habitats and wildlife at risk, it concludes, citing examples including in the Norfolk and Suffolk broads, where it cited sewage as the dominant source of pollution.

In England, just 14% of rivers meet “good” standards while 31% make the grade as good or high quality in Northern Ireland. Less than half are up to the right quality in Wales.

The report calls for better monitoring and enforcement on pollution.

It also calls for a transition to more nature-friendly,........

© Eastern Daily Press

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