ABOUT MSEP

We are a not-for profit organisation established in 2000, whose work is centred around the understanding, conservation and promotion of the estuary’s natural and historical environments.

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9th January 2018 Flushing wipes is a major cause of UK sewer blockages

According to a new report published by Water UK (the trade body representing all of the UK's main water and sewerage companies),  non-flushable wipes made up around 93% of the material causing the sewer blockages, whilst less than 1% of the domestic waste in the blockages...

20th December 2017 Environment Agency consultation on proposed changes to its permitting charges

The Environment Agency is seeking views on its new charge proposals, developed to take effect in England in April 2018.  The new charge proposals cover: Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016 Radioactive substances regulation nuclear and non-nuclear permits Marine licences Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013 Control of Major...

20th December 2017 Abstraction Reform – Government publish new plan

With increasing demand adding pressure to the country's supply of clean and safe water, the goverment has published its abstraction reform plan. The plan is designed to improve access to water by: preventing unsustainable abstraction by reviewing existing licences and introducing more controls to protect...

24th November 2017 Cleeve Hill, proposed Solar Farm – Public Consultation

Cleeve Hill Solar Park Ltd, is proposing to build a solar park on 890 hectares of farmland directly adjacent to the Swale, between Faversham and Seasalter. The company will be holding its first round of public consultation events in December, providing the opportunity to view...

31st October 2017 Medway Estuary and Swale Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Strategy

The Environment Agency is undertaking consultation on the proposed future management of the coastal flood and erosion risk in the Medway and Swale Estuary. Members of the local communities and key stakeholders are invited to public exhibitions to review the proposed options to manage the coastal...

31st October 2017 The way back to Living Seas – Wildlife Trusts report

The Wildlife Trusts has published a new report The way back to Living Seas, outlining 'new national marine strategy that revolutionises our approach to marine management and provides a blueprint to allow our seas to recover to their former abundance'. You can read the report...

13th October 2017 Government consultation on possible plastic bottle deposit return scheme

Michael Gove, the Minister for the Environment recently launched a public consultation, asking for  evidence to assist 'the Voluntary and Economic Incentives Working Group scope out the opportunities, enablers, challenges and barriers to regulatory or voluntary measures to improving the recycling of and/or reducing littering...

22nd September 2017 Microbeads ban – Draft government legislation

Following the government's announcement in 2016 (and subsequent public consultation earlier this year), that it proposed to ban the manufacture and sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads, it has now published details of its draft legislation, available to view here. Under the proposals, the...

14th September 2017 Microplastic Pollution – Drinking water and sewage sludge

Two reports published recently have highlighted the ongoing serious issues around microplastics. The first Invisibles - The plastic inside us by Global Media, revealed that plastic fibres had been found in 83% of drinking water samples taken from around the world. You can read the full...