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EA Challenges and Choices consultation

The Environment Agency is seeking your views on the challenges our waters face and the choices and changes we all need to make to help tackle them.

By responding to the consultation you will be helping to shape the management of the water environment. The information gathered through this consultation will help the EA update the current river basin management plans, starting with the publication of draft plans in 2020.

They will also use your responses to help consider how some of the current approaches to the management of water in England will need to change in response to a changing climate and a growing population. The EA are calling this work the Water Story.

The Challenges and Choices consultation

Covid-19 Update

Now that government has further restricted travel outside of the home so that it only permitted if for any of the four essential reasons, it is clear that ARMI and Riverfly Plus activity, including monitoring, should cease until further notice. 

Riverfly activity cannot be considered essential work and associated travel is certainly non essential. In addition, we have to consider those identified as vulnerable within our society, and which may either be Riverfly volunteers themselves or, if not, living or working with vulnerable people.

Ongoing advice

We recommend that everyone regularly checks the latest government and NHS advice by visiting www.gov.uk and www.nhs.uk. Always bear in mind that the situation regarding coronavirus is constantly and rapidly changing.

The Ver to be featured on Countryfile this Easter Sunday


The Chairman of the Ver Valley Society, John Pritchard will be on Countryfile this Sunday as he talks about low flow along the Ver.

The Ver Valley Society are one of our partners, and they conduct Riverfly monitoring with their dedicated volunteers. 

The programme will air at 19:00 on Sunday 21st on BBC One, and will be available via BBC iPlayer after that.  

Please click here for the the Ver Valley Society website. They also have a Facebook Page, and are active on Twitter.