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Environment Agency Head Office (EA Head Office)
United Kingdom
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Environment Agency Head Office

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The Environment Agency was established in 1989 as the major environmental protection agency responsible for safeguarding and improving the natural water environment in England and Wales. The main functions of the NRA are water quality regulation, pollution control, water resources, flood defence, fisheries, recreation, conservation and navigation. The NRA is responsible for water quality in estuaries and coastal waters, to the three nautical mile limit. Water quality monitoring is split into three categories: statutory, national surveillance and regional operational monitoring. Statutory monitoring covers international, mainly European Union Directives such as the Dangerous Substances and Urban Waste Water Treatment Directives, and other national commitments, such as the National Marine Plan. Surveillance monitoring is a national NRA requirement to collect data in order to report on the state of the aquatic environment to the general public and the government.


Regional Operation Monitoring covers work for regional or local water quality issues or problems and includes, for example, discharge impact assessment studies. In each NRA Region, water quality data collected for these different purposes are held on public registers. Records and data may be inspected at the offices of the National Rivers Authority, by appointment, free of charge, or may be supplied by post at cost. NRA Regional Offices are at the following locations:


Anglia Region Kingfisher House, Goldhay Way, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, PE2 0ZE (Tel: +44 1733 371811)


Northumbria and Yorkshire Region 21 Park Square South, Leeds, LS1 2QG (Tel: +44 1532 440 191),


or, Gosforth Office, Eldon House, Regent Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE3 3UB (Tel: +44 191 213 0266)


North West Region P.O. Box 12, Richard Fairclough House, Knutsford Road, Warrington, WA4 1HG (Tel: +44 1925 53999)

Severn Trent Region Sapphire East, 550 Streetsbrook Road, Solihull, Birmingham, B91 1QT (Tel: +44 121 711 2324)

Southern Region Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LD (Tel: +44 1903 820692)

South Western Region Manley House, Kestral Way, Exeter, EX2 7LQ (Tel: +44 1392 444000),

or, Bridgwater Office, Rivers House, East Quay, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 4YS (Tel: +44 1278 457333)


Thames Region Kings Meadow House, Kings Meadow Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8DG (Tel: +44 1734 535000)


Welsh Region Rivers House, St. Mellons Business Park, St. Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0LT (Tel: +44 1222 770088)

results in other services

  • Data Discovery & Access service - Data Originators (CDI)
  • Marine environmental research project (EDMERP)
  • Marine environmental databases (EDMED)

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British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC)
Latest update
19 July 2016 12:00:32 PM