The Rivers Trust has a launched a campaign called ‘Together for Rivers’ whose goal is to introduce bathing water standards for well-used rivers across the UK. The campaigning is looking for support (and donations) from everyone who cares about the quality of water in their river – including anglers, swimmers, canoeists, families who like to paddle, dog walkers.
Many people don’t realise that their local river could be contaminated with sewage. This isn’t a small-scale problem; it happens across the nation, in urban and rural areas alike. When sewers become blocked by non-flushable or overwhelmed with rainwater, water companies are legally permitted to release untreated sewage directly into rivers.
The campaign includes an interactive map for England which allows you to see if your local river is fit to play in.