Following a request from Elizabeth Radford, Chief Executive at Eden Rivers Trust, we're sharing this information regarding the upcoming 'Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill' second reading on 13th November. 

"It’s not often that an opportunity comes along to change national legislation to improve the quality of our water, but we have one right now. So I hope we can count on you to help make the most of this – for Eden and beyond. 

Please consider writing to your MP to support the Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill  before the 13th November – using the easy mechanism described below – or if you prefer you can write a personal email or letter.   

Background: The Rivers Trust movement (60+ Rivers Trusts) has joined with Surfers Against Sewage and many other environmental organisations to campaign for the adoption of The Sewage (Inland) Bill after its second reading on 13th November.  This is a private members bill (Philip Dunne MP , Ludlow) that aims to place a duty on water companies to ensure untreated sewage is not discharged into rivers and inland waters. 

Should you be in any doubt of the need for this legislation, The Rivers Trust’s analysis has shown there are 177 Storm Overflows in the Penrith and Borders constituency, which discharged raw sewage into our rivers for at least 9967 hours in 2019! This is a serious health risk for Eden’s communities and livestock businesses, not to mention the awful toll on the River Eden’s wildlife, including the iconic species we all cherish: white clawed crayfish, salmon, kingfisher and otter.  

The discharge data across England and Wales can be found here (See It relates to ‘CSOs’ or consented discharges. So do forward this email to others beyond the Eden who might also be interested to help.

How can I help?

Click on the link below which will enable you to write quickly and easily to your MP and urge him/her to vote for the Bill. It will provide all the correct statistics relating to rivers in your constituency – and you can also get more information about this Bill on that site. 

If you would like more detailed information, feel free to contact me directly at Eden Rivers Trust. 

Finally ERT have written directly to Dr Neil Hudson MP, who I have met  on site and who is aware of our Eden Catchment Plan. 

Thank you very much,  

Elizabeth Radford

Chief Executive, Eden Rivers Trust"