August 5, 2008

Environment is Important

A NEW team has been set up to make sure the environment takes centre stage in our future.

The Environment Agency's Environmental Planning Team brings together specialist planners covering water resources, water quality and waste to combine their expertise to tackle complex environmental planning issues.

One of the main issues with which it is tasked with dealing, is how to work with and engage people living in the North East's most deprived areas in getting in touch with nature and helping the environment.

The team will work to tackle fly-tipping in urban areas and to promote the Get Hooked on Fishing scheme, to introduce troubled youngsters to angling, among other projects.

Other issues for the Environmental Planning Team to look at will include finding ways to cut the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, by reusing or recycling more construction and demolition waste.

And they will look for how to make sure water-users such as anglers and canoeists can enjoy our rivers and streams, while leaving enough water for public supply, industry and agriculture, and also the wildlife which live in watercourses.

The team has been set up as part of the Environment Agency's vision to "create a better place for people and wildlife, for present and for future generations", by creating sustainable communities.

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