January 2023

We are all now aware of the nitrate pollution in our rivers, estuaries and inland seas and the resulting build-up of green algae. Could the ‘green tides’ which plague Brittany’s beaches occur on this side of the Channel?
While we often focus on the quality of water in the Solent, we should not lose sight of impact of pollution upstream in the river basins. This post takes a view.
We’ve written before of the science and assumptions about sea-level rise and flood maps. This post tries to bring it nearer to home with some advice about how worried you should be if you live near the coast.
As one local authority takes the gloves off, we look at what really needs to be done by Southern Water and the regulators in order to demonstrate the scale of the CSO problem.
Our Autumn newsletter has left the printer and been posted to our members. Take a look here and see how, for a small donation, a copy could be yours.
The first two subjects for an autumn / winter series of SPS Members’ Webinars have been announced, so if you’re interested in the work of the University of Portsmouth ‘Environmental Technology Field Station’ (ETFS), or in the future of the former Fawley Power Station site, take this link for details.
SPS gives its verdict on HM Government’s response to the Environmental Audit Committee report on ‘Water quality in rivers.
SPS takes a dip into the Solent Freeport Tax Site maps and uncovers rather more questions than answers. It’s a long read but you might just find it interesting, no matter which side of the Solent you’re on.
The SPS Pollution Group have looked deep into the spillage data from 300 Solent outfalls to identify the 34 worst offenders that Southern Water must fix.
Southampton Harbour Master has issued a temporary Notice to Mariners banning any vessels from manoeuvring within 5 metres of Eling wharf. 
The Solent Freeport – Further detail on what’s planned for Southampton Waterside, with the inevitable focus on Dibden Bay
Stop Press! Southern Water drop desalination in favour of Water Recycling at Budds Farm. The SPS Council have been digging into Southern Water’s ‘Water for Life – Hampshire’ consultation brochure and have raised concerns on a number of fronts.

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