Environment Agency

Rod licence sales boom as lockdown eases

Authored by Mary

Environment Agency figures show a huge surge in fishing licence sales after the government lifted restrictions on outdoor activities.

Between 13 May 2020, when the restrictions were lifted, and 9 June 2020 more than 335,000 licences were sold. This represents a rise of more than 200,000 more than the same period last year. It is also a rise of more than 230% compared to the sale of...

Mobile flood warnings coming to Devon and Cornwall

Authored by Mary

People who live in Devon and Cornwall may be getting a text message from the Environment Agency this week to let them know they have been automatically registered for free flood warnings.

People on the Three mobile network who live in areas at high risk of flooding across the South West will receive an automated text message informing them that they have been signed up, with a link to...

SWW fined for sewage pollution near shellfish beds

Authored by News Desk

South West Water has been ordered to pay £205,000 in fines and costs for discharging sewage into the Fal estuary in Cornwall. The case was brought by the Environment Agency.

On 26 August 2013 untreated sewage overflowed from the water company’s Newham sewage treatment works near Truro into the Fal, an internationally important shellfishery, Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)...

Help tackle flood risk in West Country

Authored by Mary

The Environment Agency has announced that it is looking for enthusiastic individuals to get involved in managing flood risk in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee is one of 12 committees across the country that make key decisions on local priorities for flood and coastal risk management.

The Environment Agency is looking...

South West Water fined £300,000 for polluting Devon stream

Authored by Mary

South West Water has been ordered to pay over £300,000 in fines and costs after polluting a Devon watercourse in a case brought by the Environment Agency.

Plymouth Crown Court heard how a combination of equipment failure and poor management on the part of South West Water led to poorly treated sewage entering the Craddock stream, downstream from its Ashill Sewage Treatment Works, near...

Sign up to be #floodaware

Authored by Mary

Almost five million people in England are at risk of flooding. As well as checking flood risk, people can also find out what to do if a flood happens and how to reduce risk to their personal safety and property.

The website also includes practical advice on how to prepare for flooding, such as moving treasured possessions upstairs and having important documents easily to hand.


SWW fined for polluting River Tamar

Authored by Mary

South West Water has been fined £214,000 by Plymouth Crown Court for breaching environmental controls at the Camels Head sewage treatment works in Plymouth and failing to stop sewage pouring into the River Tamar.

This is the highest fine handed out to South West Water for a case brought by the Environment Agency.

The treatment plant at Camels Head serves a population of over...

Website helps anglers find best spot to fish

Authored by Mary

A new mobile-friendly interactive website has been launched today to help anglers, and would-be anglers, find the best spot to fish.

Fishinginfo.co.uk provides everything needed for a fishing trip, from searching for fishing spots to what the weather is doing and live water levels to information on buying a rod licence and where to buy kit.

Produced by the Angling Trust in...

Sutton Harbour lock gates to undergo £250,000 upgrade

Authored by Mary

The lock gates at Sutton Harbour in Plymouth are being upgraded as part of a £250,000 investment by the Environment Agency in maintaining the Barbican flood defences and ensuring a reliable working system for the future.

The repairs will begin during a first phase of work from Monday 2 March until Saturday 7 March, when the harbour will only be able to be accessed during the published...

Floods destroy: be prepared!

Authored by News Desk

As winter approaches, the Environment Agency is urging people across the West Country to be prepared for possible flooding.

Last winter was the wettest for nearly 250 years and around 6,000 properties flooded across the country. Among the worst hit was Somerset, where, in some areas, people were evacuated from their homes and whole communities suffered major flood damage and disruption...


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