Farm Business Update 2014: Affinity Water Head Office, EA and water framework directive
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Farm Business Update 2014 presentation of Environment Agency taken from the Affinity Water Head Office Event.

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  • 1. The Water Framework Directive and the catchment based approach in your area Teresa Brown Catchment Co-ordinator For the Upper and Bedford Ouse, Old Bedford and Middle Level
  • 2. UNCLASSIFIED The Water Framework Directive Member states must plan and deliver a better water environment with a focus on: Ecology Chemical standards And protect all parts of the water environment: Groundwater, rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters Six yearly planning cycles 2009, 2015, 2021 and 2027. Brings together or replaces several other EU Directives. Habitats Directive site objectives can over-ride WFD.
  • 3. Prevent deterioration and improve the water environment, including ground water Promote sustainable water use Reduce pollution Help reduce the effects of floods and droughts 3 Water Framework Directive - key objectives
  • 4. Classification Nationally defined for 2009 baseline (Cycle 1) Waterbody areas Type – river, lake, canal, transitional & coastal, groundwater Artificial or heavily modified Status – based on data from three preceding years – 2006, 2007, 2008 • Surface water – high, good, moderate, poor bad • Groundwater – good, bad UNCLASSIFIED 4
  • 5. UNCLASSIFIED Defra’s 100 Management Catchments for England and Wales 5 The Catchment Based Approach
  • 6. Your local management catchment 7 Cam & Ely Ouse 8 Cherwell 9 Colne 10 Combined Essex 35 London 57 Roding, Beam Ingrebourne 82 Upper & Bedford Ouse 84 Upper Lee UNCLASSIFIED 6
  • 7. County and Unitary Authorities
  • 8. Management catchments
  • 9. Both
  • 10. Some typical pressures UNCLASSIFIED 10 some farming practices surface water sewer abuse Invasive signal crayfish Phosphate from treated sewage discharges invasive Himalayan balsam Invasive fish species nutrient runoff surface water sewer abuse Poor morphology Amenity Use of pesticides Low flow / over abstraction Barrier to fish passage
  • 11. What are the main issues? Everywhere: Rising demand for water resources – ground and surface water Point source discharges - treated sewage effluent – phosphate Man-made structures and modifications – for flood defence, land drainage, navigation , water supply, amenity Rural areas: Diffuse pollution from agriculture: • Soil - sediment / phosphates / nitrates / pesticides – drinking water Straight, over deep and wide channels Urban areas: Diffuse pollution - poor quality surface water runoff, misconnections Concrete channels, culverts ssUNCLASSIF 11
  • 12. What you can do to help ‘Water friendly’ farming Reduce water use - store / conserve where you can Provide and manage features for water dependent wildlife Keep soil on the field – follow good practice Install and use ‘sustainable drainage’ features and techniques Exemplary nutrient planning and application Exemplary crop protection procedures Keep livestock out of water UNCLASSIFIED 12
  • 13. UNCLASSIFIED 13 Keep soil in your field Fords & tracks near water Silt traps Keep livestock out of water
  • 14. Catchment Partnerships Upper Lee - 2 sub-catchment partnerships Urban Luton and Hoo Lakes : Hertfordshire Groundwork Trust and Cranfield University Upper Lea (Hertfordshire) : Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust Colne - whole catchment Groundwork South & Chilterns Chalk Stream Project Upper and Bedford Ouse, 5 sub-catchment partnerships, 3 in this area Ivel : Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity Bedfordshire Ouzel : The Greensand Trust Bedford & Marston Vale : The Marston Vale Trust UNCLASSIFIED 14
  • 15. Catchment Partnerships Combined Essex – whole catchment Essex Wildlife Trust Cam and Ely Ouse – whole catchment The Rivers Trust, Anglian Water UNCLASSIFIED 15
  • 16. The Pontbren Farmers Group
  • 17. Summary In your area: Get involved with your local catchment partnership, CSF, FAS Work together with your ‘land management’ neighbours Make a difference: manage soil, land and water sustainably Protect your resources and safeguard your business Key Actions: our key messages in one place