Health, leisure and recreation

This page is aimed at anyone who has a wider interest in the environment such as charities, environmental groups or those involved with leisure or recreation. ConnectRight is keen to enlist support from as many organisations as possible to help prevent pollution. If you see pollution please report it to the Environment Agency as soon as possible on 0800 807060.

Please contact us via the enquiry form if you have information to share.

Defra are the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues.  Defra’s stated priorities are to grow the rural economy, improve the environment and safeguard animal and plant health.  The National Policy Statement sets out Government policy for providing major waste water infrastructure. 

Defra’s plans for future water management are set out in the white paper, Water for Life , published in 2011. Its good background reading for anyone who is interested or interacts with the water environment.

Defra also support Love Your River which is aiming to encourage local communities to take an interest in their local rivers and streams. The site has downloadable material free for use.

Natural England  (NE) is the government’s advisor on the natural environment.  It's role to ensure sustainable stewardship of the land and sea so that people and nature can thrive, adapt and survive intact for future generations to enjoy.  Key responsibilities include managing the English green farming scheme, designating National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, managing national nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.The NE site has lots of information for people interested in the natural environment.

The Marine Conservation Society  (MCS) is the voice for everyone who loves the sea.  They work to secure a future for our living seas, and to save our threatened sea life before it is lost forever.  The MCS produce the Good Beach Guide every year.

WaterAid are an International charity with a mission to overcome poverty by enabling the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. (The Water Services Regulation Authority) is the economic regulator of the water and sewerage sectors in England and Wales.  It makes sure companies provide household and business consumers with a good quality service and value for money.  Ofwat monitors and compares water company services, scrutinises costs and investment and encourages competition.  It works closely with a wide range of other stakeholders such as the Environment Agency, Drinking Water Inspectorate  and the Consumer Council for Water. The Ofwat site explains how water charges are set and how water companies are regulated.

The Water Guide is a handy site with information about the UK water industry and the companies operating within it – their background, contact details and services.  All this is displayed in an easy to read format, all within this one site.

There is also the Water Pollution Guide site, where you can find useful information about the sources of water pollution and how they can be treated.

The Environment Agency has produced a number of Pollution Prevention Guides on the following activities. Most of these guides are aimed at commercail organisations but PPG13 has information relevant to anyone who might clean a car.

PPG1 - an introduction to pollution prevention covers the 5 main activities to consider to help avoid pollution incidents and comply with the law.

PPG 4 - treatment and disposal of sewage where no foul sewer is available; this helps you choose the correct option for sewage disposal and gives guidance about maintenance and your legal requirements.

PPG 13 - vehicle washing and cleaning  provide advice to help protect the environment when washing vehicles using automatic wash systems, high pressure or steam cleaners and washing by hand.

Is your site right? a brief 10 point checklist

Yellow Fish has taken place in many parts of the UK and in many countries around the world. It is an active, enjoyable and effective way of raising awareness of the issues of waste and water pollution, and helping make local environments cleaner and healthier places. It involves volunteers stenciling a Yellow Fish symbol beside drains as a reminder that any liquid waste entering these drains may go directly to the nearest stream or river, possibly causing pollution and killing wildlife. Find out how you can help protect your local river or stream and read the yellow fish manual.

Defras' Tackling pollution from the urban environment  sets out the current problem, including what are considered the major sources of urban diffuse water pollution.  The document was originally written for a broader consultation, now closed, about a strategy to address diffuse water pollution from the built environment. It does contain information for anyone interested in the water environment.

Water for Life is a Government White Paper that sets out a vision for the future management of the water environment.