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Rivers used as 'open sewers', says WWF charity

Updated: Feb 20

Targets for 75% of rivers to be healthy by 2027 are "very unlikely" to be met in England, a charity has warned.


The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says rivers are "used as open sewers".

The Environment Agency predicts 75% of rivers in England and along the Scottish and Welsh borders will meet EU expectations by 2027, compared with just 14% now.


It is planning an autumn consultation on "challenges and choices" faced in cleaning up water.


The agency said it would review the target based on "what can realistically be achieved".


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By Daniel Wainwright & Paul Bradshaw BBC News

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