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Policy update

Megan O'Donnell reports on the latest news from the policy team

Could your expertise help to inform policy?

The policy team at the Geological Society have made it easier than ever to get in touch and provide evidence and information to our upcoming policy responses and reports. Visit our new webpage ( to meet the team, find out what we do, why we do it, and how you can get involved and keep up to date. You can join our brand-new database of expertise and be the first to hear about when relevant consultations and inquiries open for comment. Increase the impact of your profession, area of expertise or research by contributing to our series of policy briefing notes, helping to inform policymakers and Parliamentarians about geoscience information or simply find out a little more about what the policy team do for the geoscience community.

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Have your say on the future of England's water environment

Our latest consultation is seeking ideas on behalf of the Environment Agency about how to manage England’s river basins from 2021 onwards. At the current rate of progress it will take over 200 years to reach the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan target of at least 75% of waters to be close to their natural state. The Environment Agency urgently needs to find better, faster ways to encourage more investment in our water environment.

Many of the topics they are consulting on could benefit from input from the geoscience community such as water contamination, changes to water levels and flows, climate and biodiversity, plastics, and the impact of physical modifications to the water environment. 

If you have views, knowledge or expertise that are relevant to the ongoing and future management of the water environment in England, the Geological Society wants to hear from you!