News

ARK and Angling Trust call for urgent action to stop sewage pollution
ARK and Angling Trust call for urgent action to stop sewage pollution
30 April 2024
In an urgent appeal to the water services industry regulator OFWAT, the Environment Agency (EA), and Steve Barclay MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Angling Trust and Action for the River Kennet (ARK) have raised significant concerns regarding ongoing sewage pollution issues in the Kennet, Lambourn and Pang river catchments, overseen by Thames Water. Full press release. Full letter.
We're hiring!
We're hiring!
19 December 2023
We are recruiting for a new project officer. Full details on the ARK team page here. Closing date for applications 12 January 2024.
New seating at Wild River Reserve
New seating at Wild River Reserve
05 December 2023

A new recycled plastic bench is now in situ at Stonebridge Wild River Reserve, Marlborough. To read the full press release click here.

Kennet faces new threat from disposable vapes
Kennet faces new threat from disposable vapes
04 December 2023
Action for the River Kennet (ARK) is supporting the call to ban disposable vapes, having identified them as new and concerning threat to the River Kennet.

At the charity’s recent annual Big Litter Pick in Marlborough volunteers waded the Kennet from Stonebridge Lane to Figgins Lane bridge in the centre of town removing 424 items from the river.

To read our full press release click here

Visit our Vapes Polluting Our Rivers webpage
ARK wins award at Newbury Show
ARK wins award at Newbury Show
29 September 2023
Action for the River Kennet (ARK) was awarded the Trentham Conservation & Environment Award by the Newbury and District Agricultural Society (read more)
Sewage keeps children out of river
Sewage keeps children out of river
21 June 2023
Pollution from untreated sewage in the River Kennet kept school children out of the water for their safety yesterday.  Read the full press release here. [Read more]
ARK response to Thames Water Draft Water Resource Management Plan
ARK response to Thames Water Draft Water Resource Management Plan
14 March 2023
ARK has issued a cautious welcome to Thames Water's WRMP but called for more ambition on leakage and water efficiency. Read the full response here.
AWS & ARK Wetland partnership
AWS & ARK Wetland partnership
12 December 2022

AWS & ARK wetland partnership

ARK has partnered with local landowners, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Rivers Trust to build two wetlands in the Kennet Valley
ARK position statement on Thames Water application for drought pemit
ARK position statement on Thames Water application for drought pemit
25 October 2022
Thames Water apply to increase abstraction

Thames Water has applied to the Environment Agency to temporarily increase abstraction from the borehole at Axford during the current drought. We have expressed our views which you can read here.
Thames Water Apply for Temporary Drought Permit for Axford
Thames Water Apply for Temporary Drought Permit for Axford
24 October 2022
Despite late October rain, the drought continues, and water resources are running low. Thames Water has applied to the Environment Agency for a temporary licence to abstract more water from the borehole at Axford.