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We must act now to save our great 'lake' Windermere
Windermere: urgent collaborative approaches needed to tackle deterioration in water quality
The recent and widely reported water quality issues on Windermere not only pose a risk to both human and ecological health, but also the area's water-based economy. Further to this, wetter and warmer winters (driven by climate change) combined with population/visitor demands and expectations are now creating conditions where the occurrence of algal blooms is becoming a year-round issue. While there has been some significant water company investment to improve water quality within the catchment, it's clear that more needs to be done.
The FBA calls for the development of 'collaborative approaches' on Windermere that are inclusive, innovative and action-focused.
By working together, the public, private, third sector, academic and local community stakeholders will be able to 1) better understand the sources, pathways and impacts of pollution 2) co-create a credible action plan to address these pressures, and 3) secure the necessary long-term investment required to deliver ecological improvement and monitoring programmes.
"Programmes to restore the water quality of the Great Lakes of North America clearly demonstrate that the approach we are calling for on Windermere would deliver success," said Simon Johnson, Executive Director of the FBA
The FBA has confidence that a 'coalition of the willing' supported by an inspiring vision, academic and citizen science, strong leadership, committed stakeholders and the correct levels of investment will deliver better and faster outcomes for the people and nature of Windermere.
"Together, we must act now if we are to save our 'great lake', Windermere."
The Freshwater Biological Association is a thriving membership association and registered charity, dedicated to understanding and conserving freshwaters across the globe. They have long worked to protect our global freshwaters by facilitating innovative research in the field and making information about these environments easily accessible. Visit us at http://www.fba.org.uk
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