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Cleaner rivers in the UK

Otters, water voles and fish are all benefitting from the improved quality of the UK’s waterways, now described as the cleanest since the industrial revolution.  Since almost disappearing from the wild in the 1970s, otters are thriving, particularly in the south west of England, Cumbria and Northumberland.  The population of water voles, highly precarious  in the 1990s, is also beginning to recover.   The good results of stricter pollution controls and extensive conservation work are set to continue in the new year with the introduction of new European water quality directives.  Guardian