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Publication dateNovember 2007 MBC025 Mersey People: The Regulator The Mersey and its people – for hundreds of years it has been impossible to say which influences the other most. Without the river there would have been no port, no merchants, no ferries, no shipbuilding. Many of the towns and cities that were the cradle of the industrial revolution wouldn’t exist, and countless lives defined by their relationship to the water would have been lived differently. But the river, too, has been shaped by its people. Dredged, bridged and canalised, its natural flow has been changed to better serve us. It has been polluted by industry, and revived by a clean-up campaign that is the envy of the world. With the Mersey in the midst of a renaissance, many 21st century lives are still entwined with it, whether for employment, recreation or inspiration. From ferrymen to cabinet ministers, policement to anglers, their stories tell the tale of the Mersey, the river that changed the world. For more information visit: http://www.riverthatchangedtheworld.com/mersey In this episode, Diane Walker, an Environment Agency regulator talks about her work, the problems of tracing pollution in the Mersey and its tributaries. Publication dateSeptember 2003 MBC039 Chemical Solutions Paul Unger reports on the extent to which environmental standards were impacting on the way the chemicals industry operated in the Northwest - how chemicals companies contributed to the huge improvements in water quality in our rivers, and how the Environment Agency regulates their activities. Publication dateDecember 2003 MBC045 Stream of Words Elliot Morley, then Minister for Environment and Agri-Environment talks to Walter Menzies, Chief Executive of the Mersey Basin Campaign. The wide-ranging interview covers the regeneration of Liverpool ahead of its Capital of Culture designation, issues of pollution, public participation in the Water Framework Directive, and the PR04 review of water prices 2005-10. Publication dateMay 2004 MBC048 Ribble Pilot River Basin: Public participation and river basin planning: early experiences This is a report on the Ribble Pilot Project to test public participation in the planning process for the Water Framework Directive. It focuses on three forms of stakeholder engagement: public access to background information, consultation in the planning process and involvement of all interested parties in the implementation of the Directive. The report details methods of engagement, and findings from the project. Publication dateJune 2004 MBC066 Otters, Orchids and Oil Erikka Askeland talks to Cheshire Wildlife Trust about the Gowy Meadows Nature Reserve, a wet grassland habitat and natural flood plain providing a vital haven for wildlife located right next door to the countries second largest oil refinery. Publication dateJune 2005 MBC081 Turning up the Amp As United Utilities unveiled the plans for their Asset Management Plan 4 (AMP4) that would see an investment of £2.9 million in the Northwest between 2005 and 2010. Louise Tickle looks at case studies highlighting some of the improvements already made in the region and examines why United Utilities find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the regulators. Publication dateJanuary 2006 MBC094 Spotlight - Tony Dean Source talks to Tony Dean, the regional director for the Environment Agency in the Northwest about how his career has led him to his current position and about his aspirations for the Environment Agency in the future. Publication dateMay 1998 MBC151 The relationship between water quality and economic regeneration in the Mersey Basin A report to Northwest Water, the Environment Agency and the Mersey Basin Campaign. The report explores the role, both actual and potential, of investment in improved water quality in the stimulation of economic activity, particularly in traditionally rundown inner-city areas adjacent to rivers and canals. This is part of the recasting of the region's image, with good water quality central to the vision of a 'green and pleasant region', and the creation of a credible setting for growth and investment. The study covers the economy, environment and policy setting in the Mersey Basin, economic regeneration and property development.