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Our freshwaters and seas are generally in good condition, and there have been significant reductions in pollution over the last 25 years. There are still problems resulting in the loss of habitat and wildlife (both current and historic) and from water pollution, predominantly from excessive amounts of nutrients entering the water.
Floods and droughts can damage our economy and wildlife and affect our health and wellbeing
In Scotland we use water for drinking and for different businesses. It is also used for producing energy, and for activities such as bird-watching, angling and water sports.
Scotland’s water is important for our health and businesses across the country. As well as being used for drinking, water is used in industry for producing energy and for recreational activities.
Scotland has around 19,000 km of coastline, which makes up 8% of Europe's coast. The area from the coast to our fishery limits is around six times the size of the land area of Scotland.
Our freshwaters and seas are generally in good condition, and there have been significant reductions in pollution over the last 25 years.
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