Environment Agency Wales is encouraging people to take to the water with the launch of its new water recreation strategy, Better Place to Play in Wales.
This document indicates our contribution towards the delivery of the Welsh Assembly Government's 'Strategic Plan for Water Related Recreation in Wales.'
What is the strategy about?
The new strategy explains how to use the waters safely and responsibly in a way that won't damage the environment and recognises the rights of fellow users.
Going fishing, sailing, canoeing, gorge walking or simply paddling with the children are all included in the strategy, which promotes water recreation as a great way of getting fit whilst enjoying some amazing outdoor scenery.
Environment Agency Wales hopes the new strategy will provide more opportunities for everyone to experience a wide variety of water activities, leading to a healthier lifestyle and a healthier environment.
Wales has over 4,000 km of rivers, over 1,400 km of coast and 650 lakes. The new strategy looks at how we can best use these natural facilities without over-crowding certain areas and having a detrimental effect on the water quality, the wildlife and any existing rights of users.
“Our rivers, lakes and coastline are cleaner and healthier than they have ever been. We at Environment Agency Wales, along with our partners, water companies, industry and farmers, are working hard to make sure they stay that way. And people should be able to use and enjoy these waters. It's a great way to develop an understanding of how precious an environment we have in Wales."
Chris Mills, Director of Environment Agency Wales.
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Funding for water related activities
The Welsh Assembly Government is offering funding, known as Splash grants, to projects that will help people enjoy the wonderful waters of Wales. :