This interactive report by The Rivers Trust discusses the health of the country’s rivers, and also allows zooming and interrogation to a very local level – enabling you to explore the state of the main watercourses on the Isle of Wight.
The report gives one clear message: the race to climate resilience will be won or lost on rivers – and we are currently losing.
The report shows that:
- Agriculture contributes towards nearly two-thirds of rivers failing to meet good status; the water sector over a half; and the urban and transport sector a quarter.
- With no significant improvements in the last 5 years our rivers are flatlining – we need a radical rethink for rivers.
- Nature holds the key – we need real investment in nature-based solutions, at scale.
- Government must act more boldly, but business and local partnerships are critical to the solution too.