Maintaining healthy rivers and lakes and reducing flood risk is important for us all and is central to the economy and livelihoods (not least because we all need clean water to survive!) but managing our freshwater environments can be very complex and requires balancing the needs of water supply, communities, industry, agriculture, recreation and wildlife.
The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) was introduced nationally by Government as a framework to encourage organisations and communities to work together to help identify, understand and tackle the pressures that are impacting on our water environment. The West Cumbria Catchment Partnership was set up in 2015 to bring together a wide range of people with an interest in improving the management of the river catchments in West Cumbria.
The 2015 winter floods brought flood risk to the forefront of our agenda. The West Cumbria Catchment Management Group was established as part of the Cumbria Strategic Flood Partnership, to bring together partners with an interest in, or responsibility for, reducing flood risk in West Cumbria. In practice, the Catchment Management Group integrated with the existing Catchment Partnership, bringing a wider range of stakeholders around the table, including community Flood Action Groups and flood risk authorities.
Having an integrated approach to flood risk and environmental outcomes across a whole catchment from source to sea, gets better outcomes, for every pound spent, for people and the environment. By working together in a coordinated way, sharing information and expertise and ensuring joint decision making we will be in a better position to make positive changes.
Creating Catchment Action Plans and Project Pipelines 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.