Blueprint For Water
Our water environment is in crisis including our wetlands, many of which have been lost to drainage.
The Government has made a commitment to meet the objectives of the Water Framework Directive, which says the ecology of our waters must be restored to health by 2015. The Blueprint for Water sets out the steps needed to meet this target.
WWT is part of the coalition of 14 leading organisations who support the Blueprint for Water.
There are many tough decisions coming up on freshwater policy, the outcomes of which will have a lasting impact on the future of our water and wetland environment, and on our wellbeing.
Together with the other organisations, we issued a joint call to the Coalition Government in November 2010 to take action on wasted water, pollution and wetland wildlife.
The report sets out proposals to reduce pollutants in our water environment and to make polluters pay for the damage they cause. It also calls for the statutory limit on fines for polluters to be lifted and for greater enforcement of existing anti-pollution laws, among other actions.
It strives for measures that reduce the pressure, on rivers, wetlands, lakes and ponds, that has seen wading birds like curlew and snipe decline by up to 60 per cent in recent years.