Catchment Data Portal

What is the Catchment Partnership?

The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) was introduced nationally by Government to encourage organisations and communities to work together to help identify, understand and tackle the pressures that are impacting on our water environment. It recognises that we need a integrated approach across a whole catchment, from source to sea, and that by working together in a coordinated way we will be in a better position to make positive changes. 

The West Cumbria Catchment Partnerships promotes collaborative working to move towards our vision of healthy, resilient catchments that provide for both people and wildlife today and in the future.

Managing flood risk whilst maintaining a healthy, sustainable water environment is important for us all and reducing central to the economy and livelihoods. It is a necessity for industry and farming; it’s critical for healthy and thriving habitats, flora and fauna; it’s key to our enjoyment of leisure activities and it’s important to you because you need clean water to survive! Managing our freshwater environments can be very complex and requires balancing the needs of water supply, industry, agriculture, recreation and wildlife, whilst reducing flood risk. 

The West Cumbria Catchment Partnership, set up in 2015, comprises a wide range of people from different backgrounds, all of whom have an interest in improving the management of the river catchments in West Cumbria.  The Partnership aims to:

  • Share local knowledge and expertise;
  • Identify the local challenges;
  • Develop and deliver cost effective projects with multiple benefits.

As a partnership, we are producing a Catchment Mapping Portal to summarises the characteristics, current condition and key issues in each of the catchments, as well as mapping where current and previous work has been carried out. From this information, the partnership will agree the strategic priorities and create an action plan for the catchment.

Creating these Catchment Management Plans is an on-going process and they will be updated as more information becomes available. If you have any comments, or your local group, community or organisation would like to be involved then please Contact Us.