Protecting UK Water Quality
Improving Water Management and Tackling Pollution
Wednesday 25th September 2019
Latest biodiversity indicators show that between 2012 and 2017, there has been a 33% reduction of surface water bodies in England with high or good status (DEFRA, 2018). Over the last ten years, the amount of serious water pollution events caused by water companies has been consistent at around 60 incidents per year (Environment Agency, 2018).
The Government’s long-awaited ‘25 Year Environment Plan’ has built on the existing framework, pledging to reduce water contamination and deliver, ‘clean and plentiful water by improving at least three quarters of our waters to be close to their natural state as soon as is practicable’ (DEFRA, 2018). The plan complements existing RBMPs, stipulating that by 2021 the amount of water bodies with sufficient water to uphold environmental standards will reach 82% to 90% for surface water bodies and from 72% to 77% for groundwater bodies.
Despite commitments by successive governments, key stakeholders including the water industry, agriculture and rural land managers, urban and transport bodies have substantial roles to play in safeguarding national water bodies. With major components of the Government’s strategic framework in place, delegates will scrutinise existing measures to maximise water quality at the national and local level. They will also determine cost-effective methods of tackling pollution and improving our water environment.
- Explore current threats to national rivers, lakes, coastal areas, wetlands, estuaries and groundwater
- Develop strategies to deliver on key targets and discuss initiatives for safeguarding existing water bodies and surrounding ecosystems
- Assess new measures under the ’25 Year Environment Plan’ in supporting national water quality
- Discuss the River Basin Management Plans and consider priorities and improvements ahead of their renewal in 2021
- Understand the causes of diffuse water pollution and discuss ways to tackle urban pollution
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I am pleased to advise you that we offer a 20% early registration discount off the standard delegate rates (subject to type of organisation and terms and conditions) for bookings received by the 16th August 2019. Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation.
In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the attached registration form at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).