Countryside lovers in Lincolnshiresuch as walkers, dog walkers, cyclists, anglers, boaters and holidaymakers are being given an opportunity to speak up for the rivers, lakes, ponds, beaches and wetlands they love.
A group of 16 environmental charities and organisations including the National Trust, RSPB, WWF and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, are urging countryside lovers and communities to have their say by responding to a consultation on the future of England’s waters, published today by the Environment Agency.
The charities are asking people which stream, river, pond or landscape matters to you and are urging you to tell the Environment Agency about it via the Save Our Waters website.
It may be a local special place where people enjoy relaxing, or a popular place to visit, such as The Wash, Humber Estuary or the Skegness seafront.
Many of Englands’s watery places have suffered the effects of extreme flooding, drought or pollution in recent years and only a quarter of our water bodies are in a healthy state.
The ‘Save Our Waters’ campaign is inviting everyone to tell the Environment Agency how important your local stream, river, pond, beach or lake is to you.
Chair of the Blueprint for Water coalition of organisations, Janina Gray said: “Water is vital to our health and wellbeing. Wildlife, farming and our economy all rely on good quality water environment and we love our waters as places to relax and enjoy. Yet currently only 25 percent of our waters are in good health.
“This is a chance for everyone to send a clear message to the Environment Agency and the Government that Lincolnshire’s water is important to you and that you want it managed well in future, for everyone’s benefit.
You only need a couple of minutes to make your opinion count as it is easily done via the Save Our Waters website, saveourwaters.org.uk is a quick way to log your view, which will then be passed on to the Environment Agency.
The Save Our Waters website also has an option for anyone who has a little longer to contribute their views, as well as pages setting out the detailed vision of the scientists and experts as to what good water management in England should look like in the future.