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Environment Agency

The Environment Agency provides high quality environmental protection and improvement in England and Wales through an emphasis on prevention and education, and then vigorous enforcement where necessary.

The Environment Agency contributes to the world-wide environmental goal of sustainable development, which has been defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

The Environment Agency was set up by the 1995 Environment Act. As a non-departmental public body, it is sponsored largely by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the National Assembly for Wales.

The Environment Agency regulates the quality of inland and coastal waters in England and Wales. Its responsibilities include surface and ground water management in England and Wales, environmental quality, pollution control, flood protection, land drainage, recreation and fisheries.

If you have a query about an activity or area in Wales you should contact:

Environment Agency Wales
Northern Area Office
Ffordd Penlan
Parc Menai
LL57 4DE

Telephone: 0370 850 6506

A new organisation, Natural Resources Wales, will become operational on 1 April 2013 and will bring together the functions of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales, and the Forestry Commission Wales. The Environment Agency will not operate in Wales from 1 April 2013.

If you have a query about an activity or issue in or around Chester you should contact:

Environment Agency
North West Regional Office
PO Box 12
Richard Fairclough House
Knutsford Road

Tel: 0370 850 6506