Farm Water Futures
  30th March 2010

The Wheatsheaf Inn.
         Andrew Alston
 Agricultural Water Management
Background to abstraction issues


 1994 Wild Birds & Habitat Directive
       Review Of Consents-EA
                  Con...
Environment
The Protected Environment
SSSI
SAC
SPA
Ramsar
Natura 2000
Examples: Ant Broads & Marshes, Holt Lowes
Abstraction

BAWAG currently has 170 members from
Waveney to Kings Lynn with abstraction
licences for some 13 million cubi...
BAWAG
Very active lobbying organisation on abstraction
issues
Members are encouraged to enter into the
abstraction debate
...
BAWAG
Represents the abstraction interests of members
Acts as a forum for discussion of sustainable
agricultural water man...
BAWAG
Government seeks BAWAG views on water resources
and other Environmental issues
Two way communication!

BAWAG are the...
BAWAG 2009 roundup
Response to Cave Report- consulted on freeing up
                   Report-
licencing system
Proposals ...
Habitat Directive
Review of Consents is almost completed
Coston Fen. One farmer (time limited licence)
vs Anglian Water.
B...
Habitat Directive

Compensation for Environmental Damage for
Non-
Non-time limited licence holders.
Funded by EIUC in annu...
Water Framework Directive
CAMS (Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy)
Country divided up into 129 CAMS
North Norfolk ...
CAMS
Catchments are described as
Water Available
No Water Available
Over Licenced
Over Abstracted

Abstractors have the op...
CAMS
Over Abstracted catchments
Stiffkey
Spixworth Beck
Dove
Tas

Over licenced catchments where Environment Agency
are ac...
Response to CAMS
BAWAG responded on behalf of members plus many farmers
Stiffkey Farmers for a Sustainable Chalk River
Mar...
Future Drivers to Water Efficiency
Tesco, M&S, Walkers Crisps etc have started to specify
carbon footprints for their prod...
Grants for farmers
EEDA/LEADER grants are available. Modulated
money, match funded by Government. EEDA have a
2020 vision ...
Landskills East
Water quality
It is hoped to put on courses for RBMP for each
catchment. This will enable farmers to look ...
Current Water Projects
Church Farm Gimingham Ltd. 59,000 cubic meter new borehole in Water
Available catchment. LEADER Gra...
Future of WAG’s
BAWAG, ESWAG & Lark are beginning to discuss issues
jointly. Little common ground
Lark are in a similar po...
Funding future projects
Large joint irrigation projects are very expensive
Outside funding could be useful
Consider Enterp...
Agricultural Water Management
             Andrew Alston
           White House Farm
               Marsham
              ...
Water Abstractor Groups - Andrew Alston (Broadlands Agricultural Water Abstractor Groups
Water Abstractor Groups - Andrew Alston (Broadlands Agricultural Water Abstractor Groups
Water Abstractor Groups - Andrew Alston (Broadlands Agricultural Water Abstractor Groups
Water Abstractor Groups - Andrew Alston (Broadlands Agricultural Water Abstractor Groups
Water Abstractor Groups - Andrew Alston (Broadlands Agricultural Water Abstractor Groups
Water Abstractor Groups - Andrew Alston (Broadlands Agricultural Water Abstractor Groups
Water Abstractor Groups - Andrew Alston (Broadlands Agricultural Water Abstractor Groups
Water Abstractor Groups - Andrew Alston (Broadlands Agricultural Water Abstractor Groups
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Water Abstractor Groups - Andrew Alston (Broadlands Agricultural Water Abstractor Groups

  1. 1. Farm Water Futures 30th March 2010 The Wheatsheaf Inn. Andrew Alston Agricultural Water Management
  2. 2. Background to abstraction issues 1994 Wild Birds & Habitat Directive Review Of Consents-EA Consents- 2000 Water Framework Directive CAMS- CAMS- Environment Agency CSF- CSF- Defra/Natural England River Basin Management Plans-EA Plans-
  3. 3. Environment The Protected Environment SSSI SAC SPA Ramsar Natura 2000 Examples: Ant Broads & Marshes, Holt Lowes
  4. 4. Abstraction BAWAG currently has 170 members from Waveney to Kings Lynn with abstraction licences for some 13 million cubic meters. Equivalent to less than 5mm rainfall across the whole arable acerage. But the abstraction occurs in the summer time at a time of peak water stress and can cause localised issues.
  5. 5. BAWAG Very active lobbying organisation on abstraction issues Members are encouraged to enter into the abstraction debate Voluntary membership costing £4/1000 cubic meters of abstraction over 14 years. 100% membership in all water stressed catchments
  6. 6. BAWAG Represents the abstraction interests of members Acts as a forum for discussion of sustainable agricultural water management Encourages members to have greater involvement in water policy To strive for wise and sustainable use of water resources Act as a focal point for all local discussions with Environment Agency on water resources Responded to all Government consultations in the last 12 years on water resources
  7. 7. BAWAG Government seeks BAWAG views on water resources and other Environmental issues Two way communication! BAWAG are the only abstractor group to give evidence to EFRA committee on Climate Change, Water Resources & Flooding BAWAG Members had no irrigation restrictions in 2009 due to intense lobbying of Environment Agency and Aquifer Recharge in the previous winter
  8. 8. BAWAG 2009 roundup Response to Cave Report- consulted on freeing up Report- licencing system Proposals to time limit perpetual licences- on going licences- Environmental Permitting consultation- discharges, consultation- groundwater authorisations etc Consultation on EIUC- payments EIUC- Consultation on RBMP Flood & Water Management Bill-on going Bill- Very dry summer but aquifers held up well
  9. 9. Habitat Directive Review of Consents is almost completed Coston Fen. One farmer (time limited licence) vs Anglian Water. Buxton Heath. Two licences affected Smallburgh Fen. 1 farmer affected Hickling Broad. Part of 1 licence affected Catfield Fen- 2 licences held up for long term Fen- renewal
  10. 10. Habitat Directive Compensation for Environmental Damage for Non- Non-time limited licence holders. Funded by EIUC in annual abstraction invoice for all abstractors
  11. 11. Water Framework Directive CAMS (Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy) Country divided up into 129 CAMS North Norfolk Rivers- Ross Haddow Rivers- Broadland CAMS- Andrew Alston CAMS- - Peter Whatling Process provides for an open, consistent and structured approach to water resource management Six year cycle Farmers may be excluded in the next round of CAMS
  12. 12. CAMS Catchments are described as Water Available No Water Available Over Licenced Over Abstracted Abstractors have the opportunity to be consulted Broadland CAMS- 80% of respondents were farmers CAMS-
  13. 13. CAMS Over Abstracted catchments Stiffkey Spixworth Beck Dove Tas Over licenced catchments where Environment Agency are actively taking licences back Wensum- Wensum- 25% reduction- now a RoC issue with 25% reduction- off all licences
  14. 14. Response to CAMS BAWAG responded on behalf of members plus many farmers Stiffkey Farmers for a Sustainable Chalk River Marc Spiller- German student Spiller- £22 million CSF funding came out of this group Spixworth Beck Abstractors William Coulet- Dutch Student- currently applying to undertake a Phd at Coulet- Student- UEA- UEA- so we may see him again. Other issues identified: Diffuse pollution from the public-cars etc public- Aquifer recharge Rackheath Eco town
  15. 15. Future Drivers to Water Efficiency Tesco, M&S, Walkers Crisps etc have started to specify carbon footprints for their products- they are also products- looking to set targets for water. Cross compliance- don’t pump outside your licence compliance- parameters. £20,000 fine from EA plus 5% of SFP As we move towards 2015, WFD issues will become bigger as we fail to hit water quality targets Farmers need to respond- Campaign For the Farmed respond- Environment is dipping our toe in the water. RBMP have set out exactly what each catchments issues are. There will be different solutions to different problems.
  16. 16. Grants for farmers EEDA/LEADER grants are available. Modulated money, match funded by Government. EEDA have a 2020 vision of a 50% increase in irrigatable land plus reduced fertilizer. Increase in fruit & vegetable consumption leads to a healthier population. Reservoirs funded by EEDA. Including solutions to problems from RoC. LEADER is bottom up ideas. AWA Chairman of Norfolk Coast & Broads. Grants available for water efficiency including underground main, pumps, IT control, conversion from inefficient systems to efficient systems. (Not reels, booms or overground pipes)
  17. 17. Landskills East Water quality It is hoped to put on courses for RBMP for each catchment. This will enable farmers to look at their ELS agreement in a new light when they get renewed. Water Efficiency An application is going in to look at the worse 50 irrigation systems, advise farmers on what change is needed and point him in direction of grants LEADER grants EEDA grants
  18. 18. Current Water Projects Church Farm Gimingham Ltd. 59,000 cubic meter new borehole in Water Available catchment. LEADER Grant to put in pumps, IT control, underground main. Hopefully some co-operation/water sales with neighbours co- WJ Bracey Ltd. Conversion from well points to borehole. LEADER grant. Wharton Farms. Conversion of part frost protection licence to 45,454 cubic meter reservoir. EEDA grant M Ditch. Conversion of seepage reservoir & well points to borehole. LEADER grant 3 Review of Consent issues. 3 reservoirs in planning stage 2 reservoirs in planning stage to harvest water from housing developments 3 abstraction licences for sale/lease. Bure catchment Trading licence across a river Numerous licences renewals and licence changes
  19. 19. Future of WAG’s BAWAG, ESWAG & Lark are beginning to discuss issues jointly. Little common ground Lark are in a similar position to BAWAG with grants. Might appoint CEO. Once WAG’s have a CEO, its easier to work together as there are fewer people in chain. WAG’s need to work together on water footprints, water efficiency and water audits, energy audits etc WAG’s need to promote themselves to Natural England, Environment Agency, Defra, Grant bodies, Food Processing factories and large International brands, Eg Pepsi.
  20. 20. Funding future projects Large joint irrigation projects are very expensive Outside funding could be useful Consider Enterprise Investment Scheme
  21. 21. Agricultural Water Management Andrew Alston White House Farm Marsham Norfolk NR10 5PJ 01263 733395 www.awmcl.com www.norfolkfarm.co.uk www.bawag.co.uk

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