River Issues

Rivers are fundamental to Wales’s landscape, heritage and culture.

Yet still, they are facing pressures from an ever-widening range of sources. These pressures are often similar to those affecting rivers in the rest of the UK, but their significance is often different in Wales. And the responsibility for environmental matters is devolved to the Senedd, Welsh Government and to Natural Resources Wales whose job it is to regulate and enforce environmental law, some of which is unique to Wales.

In this section we provide more information on those pressures and the current state of rivers in Wales.

Pressures on our Rivers