Charles Watson, founder of River Action UK, on the crisis in our rivers

S3, Ep.2 It would have been lovely not to need to do this interview, but sadly our rivers – and the River Wye in particular – are in crisis, and as rowers and river-lovers you ought to know what's going on. So today I'm talking to Charles Watson, founder of charity and campaigning group, River Action UK, to find out what's wrong with our rivers and what we can do about it.

  • How Charles went from PR boss to environmental campaigner
  • What's wrong with the River Wye
  • The elephant in the room dressed as a chicken
  • Three solutions 
  • What you can do 
  • How much time we have left 

River Action UK
The Rivercide documentary
The BBC Panorama documentary , The River Pollution Scandal
River Action petition
Petition to ban discharge of raw sewage into watercourses
Find your MP here
Find your local Rivers Trust here

Where to report pollution incidents:
In England: Environment Agency

In Wales: Natural Resources Wales

Find your water company here
Find your water company's contact details here

Rowers United to Save the Planet
The Rivers Trust
Friends of the Lower Wye
Friends of the Upper Wye
Wye Valley AONB

Find them on Twitter!
Avara Foods
Marks & Spencer
River Action UK

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1 comment on “Charles Watson, founder of River Action UK, on the crisis in our rivers

  1. Adrian Lane says:

    100% correct and right Charles.

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