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 Catchment Partnerships exists to encourage collaborative working between all river users to move towards our vision of healthy, resilient catchments that provide for both people and wildlife.
As a partnership, we are producing a ‘Catchment Plan’. Using the best available data, the storymap below summarises the characteristics, current condition and key issues in each of the catchments, as well as mapping where previous work has been carried out and what it achieved. From this information, the partnership will agree the strategic priorities and create an action plan for the catchment.
Explore the map to find out about our catchments.
Link to catchment maps
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.
Where did the data come from?
Most of the data used in the production of the Catchment management plans was made available through the CaBA Open data and can be downloaded from here.
The UK government is obliged to collect data regarding the quality of waterbodies in the UK as part of its requirements under the Water Framework Directive – a piece of European legislation which commits EU member states to achieve ‘good’ status waterbodies. In England, this data collection is undertaken by the Environment Agency. As well as a network of monitoring that is undertaken, on a standardised national scale, the Environment Agency are required to assess ‘reasons for not achieving good status’ and draw up appropriate River Basin Management Plans to address these reasons.
Under the Conservation of Habitats and Species regulations (2010), the UK government is also obliged to undertake monitoring on European and National designed sites within the UK (SACs, SPAs and SSSIs) to assess their condition. In England this is undertaken by Natural England.
Land cover data is from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Land Cover Map 2007 (LCM2007), released in July 2011. It is derived from satellite images and digital cartography with land cover categories based on UK Biodiversity Action Plan Broad Habitats.
The riparian shade maps were produced by the Environment Agency from aerial imagery, as part of the‘Keeping Rivers Cool’ initiative.