Oops – Telegraph swallows the bait, hook, line and stinker

It’s distressing to see how easy it is to dupe people as yet another writer gulps down the bait generously spread on the water for hungry errr……anyway by the Environment Agency.

To be fair, Mr Lean does go on to say that 3/4 of all rivers fail new EU standards.

But rivers are not ‘clean’ as the piece’s sub-head implies. Pollution is the main reason rivers will be failing: and unpolluted water is virtually extinct in lowland England.

Worse, streams and rivers make up only 1/3 of the area of our freshwaters; the rest – ponds, lakes, ditches, canals – are in an even worse state.

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2 Responses to “Oops – Telegraph swallows the bait, hook, line and stinker”

  1. The pond in January 2011 « Cranfield's wildlife Blog Says:

    […] We are into the new year now. The garden pond has lost a reasonable amount of its water after the thaw. The Big Pond Thaw Survey 2011 has been filled in for the pond. A few dead invertebrates have been spotted including an adult water beetle, a few water beetle larvae and the mayflies – the pond olives. Over on the Garden Pond Blog Jeremy Biggs has been reporting on the end of year news story from the Environment Agency – Looking at the real situation around the state of the UK’s rivers – Telegraph Article […]

  2. jonspond Says:

    Hi Jeremy

    It seems Radio 4’s Open Country has also taken the bait as well!
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00x2yn1

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