New research released by the Environment Agency suggests that river flows could drop drastically by 2050 as climate change puts increasing stress on the water environment and wildlife across England and Wales.

The work used UKCIP02 climate projections. The research suggests that changes in the frequency and intensity of storms which bring polluting runoff to our rivers, and changes in river flows which dilute discharges could put wildlife at risk from poorer water quality.

The Environment Agency has produced a series of maps showing future monthly changes in river flow across England and Wales.