Over the last 20 years we’ve made huge progress in making our beaches and bathing waters cleaner.
In 1988 only 18% of our bathing waters met minimum standards, in 2016 this was 100%.
Below is information on how we got there and how we’ll keep it that way…

Crystal asks pupils to help reduce pollution

A new Environment Agency video about the causes of bathing water pollution has sparked a new wave of pupil-pressure to wipe-out accidental pollution by parents. The Crabby video, which has captured the imagination of schools, is the quirky tale of Crystal the Crab on her journey to the beach, where she sees first-hand what makes our sea dirty and finds out how we can make it Crystal-clear! The bathing water season is now over and many seaside towns are waiting to find out how their local bathing waters were classified this year. Results are affected by heavy rainfall, run-off from farm land, wrongly connected washing machines and toilets and dog fouling. To view the video click here.

LOVEmyBEACH website launches

Organisations across the North West have joined forces to create the LOVEmyBEACH campaign. The Turning Tides partnership has launched www.lovemybeach.org offering lots of tips on how people can help keep beaches and bathing waters clean – from volunteering for a beach litter pick to not flushing disposable products down the toilet. You don’t have to live near the beach to make a difference – everyone across the North West region can do something, whether at home, at work or visiting the area.

You can download the news release from our Resources page by clicking below.


River work

Over the last two years the Environment Agency has surveyed over 1000 kilometres of rivers in the North West that impact our bathing waters. Where we’ve found problems such as leaking pipes, we are working with landowners, farmers, local businesses and home owners to make sure things are put right.

Environment Agency