It might feel like you are a little fish in a large pond, but writing to your local political representative can really help.

With a range of elections on the horizon, it's more important than ever that our elected representatives know that restoring our rivers is of key importance to the communities they represent. It adds weight to our arguments too when we push for improvements if local people are also voicing their concerns.

The website can help you find the contact details for your local MP.

Our new tool below will also help you find your local elected representatives' details wherever you are in the UK and Ireland, and provide you with an email template that you can amend and send. There are a number of our current campaigns that you can support in your letter or email.

Email your local political representative

#StateOfOurRivers Campaign

Combining data, insightful maps, and illuminating case studies, the State of Our Rivers 2024 Report is the latest report from The Rivers Trust that dives into the data and evidence offering us an insight into just how our rivers in the UK and Ireland are doing.

We need to stand up for our rivers, and we need our representatives to fight for them too.

Join us in demanding better for our essential freshwater blue spaces. Use the handy tool below to find the contact details of your local political representative, then copy the draft email template that is generated with their details. Paste it into your own email provider, personalise it with your own stories or concerns if you can, and press send. Together, we can make change happen.

The #EndSewagePollution Campaign

The #EndSewagePollution Coalition comprised of a number of environmental NGOs from across the water sector and is pushing for a change to the practice of discharging raw sewage directly into waterways. Each year, we update our Sewage Map with the spill data for England and Wales, for you to explore too.

In September 2021 we joined forces with Surfers Against Sewage and gathered a fantastic 40,000 signatures to End Sewage Pollution which was presented directly to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. This then led to significant changes to the Environment Act, forcing Government and water companies to take action!

We're not stopping there though - we are now calling on water companies to give us access to live sewage data so we can see in real-time the true state of our rivers and make informed decisions about when it's safe to swim, paddle, fish and play in our rivers. See our latest Sewage Map below.

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