Ministers from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are being investigated for polluting waterways in a landmark case.
In a major court case, ministers will be accused of “shirking responsibility” for England’s filthy rivers.
Only 14.6 percent of England’s rivers are in good ecological condition, according to the World Wide Fund For Nature, Angling Trust, and Fish Legal, compared to the Government’s target of 75 percent by 2027. The Environment Agency and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have allegedly failed to comply with a 2015 Consent Order to gather pollution evidence and plan the preservation of 37 significant sites, according to the organizations.
The government is anticipated to argue that the directives are not legally binding in the internet lawsuit before the High Court. The matter is embarrassing for the government, which has promised to rebuild in a more environmentally friendly and better way. Boris Johnson has pledged to set aside 30% of land for natural use by 2030.
Fish species such as Atlantic salmon, freshwater pearl mussels, and allis shad are threatened by agricultural pollution.
“Rivers are lifelines for wildlife,” said Kate Norgrove of the WWF, “but year after year, despite government assurances, England’s rivers are left in a deplorable state as a result of pollution, notably from poor farming practices.”
“Water quality has improved dramatically over the previous two decades, but there is still work to be done to maintain this trend and preserve the environment,” a Defra spokeswoman said. We’re sorry, but we can’t say anything else.”