As Buzz says. Some people really don't have a bloody clue what they're talking about:
So we want sterile rivers and land and 1000 cow dairy units.
Evis should know better, farmer biting the hand that feeds, amazing.
What utter bollocks.
The 'sterile rivers' are very short stretches that are tidal, so brackish, and they're 40% full of thick, slimy grey silt and mud, about the only wildlife are mudworms. For many, many years the rivers and rhynes were looked after by locals who knew the whole area intimately, and kept flooding to a minimum, then a government quango was set up that decided it knew better than people who've lived there for generations how to manage it, and decided that it would let highly productive farmland return to a salt marsh, to appease the green lobby.
A huge amount of work has gone into creating the wetlands around Shapwick, Ham Wall, and the other reserves, which has helped by letting it flood, but allowing river flow to be obstructed by mud is irresponsible. It won't stop flooding, when there's so much water, but even the dimmest should be able to grasp that letting river beds fill up with crap is going to reduce the amount of water those rivers can carry out to sea.
Another contributing factor is that a proven method of absorbing heavy rainfall is tree planting on the surrounding hill-tops, but the hill farmers only get their EU grants if they clear the trees and shrubs from the hilltops! Utter, total **** madness, by brainless office drones who have no idea about land management. Planting lots of trees increases absorption of rainfall into the soil by approx 60%, which, along with keeping the lower ends of the rivers and rhynes clear, would keep flooding to a much more controllable level.
Now, wildlife habitats are being destroyed because of civil servants following dogma set up by people who only know theory, not the actual land that's affected.
No, I don't live on the levels, but I've spent a lot of time down there, read lots about their history, and have something approaching a clue as to why this is happening, and why the locals are angry.
Blaming farmers like Eavis is typical townie rubbish; his farm borders the levels, and his cattle move onto the levels for grazing at various times, and, just like virtually the entire British Isles, the land has to be managed like it has been for thousands of years; there's virtually nothing resembling a natural landscape in Britain, except for a few national parks, and remote parts of Scotland.