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I had gone down the rabbit hole a year or so ago trying to understand about the Wales Future Generation act and whether it actually held any water 😉 for real visible change. I lost momentum with it, but I did get a response from them when I submitted the idea of the Teifi being granted protection as personhood so I will submit it again and see what comes through. This is where I found the place to submit ideas:
This is what I submitted – last time they responded, so I shall see what comes through this time.
“Residents of the area of Cilgerran and Cardigan are working hard to protect the river Teifi which is one of the UK’s worst polluted rivers. We would like help in following in the footsteps of communities in New Zealand who managed to grant their river personhood and thus legal rights for protection (https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20200319-the-new-zealand-river-that-became-a-legal-person) and the community around the River Ouse who have been granted rights to protection (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/mar/01/sussex-river-ouse-first-in-england-legal-rights-aoe)
We are a small community of like-minded people who have seen our beautiful river (which used to be an amazing Salmon run) become a sewage pit. We see tourists travel here every year and swim in the poisoned waters, our local beach has been granted Blue Flag status even though the waters are toxic. In short we need help. We have been failed by Dwr Cymru who have failed to invest in the existing infrastructure and now want bill payers to fund the clean up effort. If Wales has a Future Generations act then we wish to have your help in ensuring we have a future to live in.”
I’ve dropped a line to the Surfers against Sewage campaign page where they offer help for getting your site listed as a bathing site (https://protectingwildwaters.org.uk/)
I did this in order to ask the question about how we go about recording bathers over the swimming season if the waters are too foul and a health risk to get into! Knowing what we know about our river, how can we ask any of our community to regularly get into those waters and risk their health in order for it to be logged as a bathing site? Anywho – I’ve asked them who it is we might speak to at the regulating bodies about this. Figured it’s a place to start!