Britain's Dirty Beaches update
There have been a few developments since our investigation, Britain's Dirty Beaches, into the state of bathing water quality and the problems caused by sewage outflow around the UK coastline earlier this month.
The Environment Agency (EA) announced just ahead of the BBC Panorama programme that they had developed a cutting edge DNA technique to prevent pollution of bathing water. By isolating faecal matter sometimes found in bathing water, the agency is now able to tell whether it is human or animal in origin, identify the source and take action. The EA has dubbed the project 'CSI Seaside'.
On the day of the Panorama broadcast, the EA revealed that they were establishing a 'Cleaner Seas Forum'. The EA hope the forum will canvas opinion from surfers, swimmers, councils, water companies and pressure groups on those bathing areas where improvement is needed and work together to achieve them.
The EA has also released a video response to the Panorama film called 'Working for Cleaner Beaches'. The EA states Panorama's film, though 'right to highlight this issue, didn't give the full picture'. As the programme is still available to watch, you can make your own mind up.
You could say the programme has made some waves...