Environment Agency

Devon homeowners urged to check their oil tanks

The Environment Agency is urging people in Devon and Cornwall to check their oil tanks for leaks to protect the environment and reduce the risk of potentially large financial losses. Over the past three months 32 oil-related incidents were reported to the Environment Agency in the two counties – a 50% rise from the same period last year. With the recent cold weather, many households –...

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Upper Tamar rivers to benefit from fishery and habitat improvements

Three tributaries of the River Tamar in Devon are about to be improved thanks to a new partnership project supported by the Environment Agency. Working alongside the Westcountry Rivers Trust and local angling associations, Environment Agency officers are helping to boost fish numbers on the Rivers Deer, Claw and Carey through a targeted programme of habitat and ecological improvements. The...

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Planners give green light to Otter Valley project

East Devon District Council has approved a pioneering project to help a river valley on England’s Jurassic Coast adapt to climate change and create an internationally important wildlife reserve. The EU-funded Lower Otter Restoration Project (LORP) will reconnect the River Otter to its historic floodplain and return the lower Otter Valley to a more natural condition; creating more than 50ha of...

Rod licence sales boom as lockdown eases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...