Our current analysis suggests that we can’t write plain English

20 Feb

This is the clearest and most incisive critique of what is wrong with the way our rivers are ‘managed’ I have seen. We need a revolution in water management in this country or we will all just have to sit and watch while our fisheries decline slowly and steadily. The Angling Trust will be working closely with WWF, RSPB and the Rivers Trust to try and bring about radical change.
Thank you Charles for this excellent piece.

One of the main aims of the recent WWF chalk-streams conference (my presentation is published in a previous blog entry) was to encourage people to comment on the Environment Agency’s latest River Basin Management Plans.

If you love rivers, this is important (if dry) stuff. These plans will define what the government will do over the next few years to improve our rivers. The public needs to say what it thinks in order to hold the government and its agencies to task.

In the afternoon we broke up into sub-groups and tried to make sense of the catchment summaries. I was given the Environment Agency’s summary for north west Norfolk, where I live. I couldn’t really make head or tail of it to be honest. But it was hard to concentrate, we were trying to read and discuss at the same time. Sure, there was the standard windy drift of vague statements…

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2 Responses to “Our current analysis suggests that we can’t write plain English”

  1. Kelvin Allen February 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    Hi Mark – I agree that the whole process is full of jargon, most if not any of us understand and have made my feelings known on this at river basin meetings I attend. I presented at this weeks regional forum on this subject and have found a way to drill through the marinade of elements to see what’s in your backyard so to speak. It uses the latest delivery from the Agency, the catchment data explorer. However it still leaves you with either an chemical element failing for some “mitigating measures” failing without any explanation. That’s were the catchment summaries can be of use, but they don’t actually point fingers at clear apportionment. More to come on this I’m sure!

  2. GSI April 15, 2015 at 4:47 am #

    I hope we can progress and spread this lively debate on behalf of our unique chalk streams.

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