Farm Business Update 2014: Essex YFC, Environment Agency and Water Framework Directive

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Farm Business Update 2014: Essex YFC, Environment Agency and Water Framework Directive

  1. 1. The Water Framework Directive and the Catchment Based Approach in your area Michael Neale Catchment Co-ordinator Essex
  2. 2. Contents  Introduction to the Water Framework Directive  Catchment Based Approach  Key pressures in the Essex catchments  Implementing Water Framework Directive  Key Actions for Farmers - what you can do to help  WIYBY for Farmers
  3. 3. So what is WFD and what does it hope to achieve? European Directive, became part of UK law in December 2003, focusing on ecology. Integrated Approach to Catchment Management Aim: Good ecological health for all waterbodies Good Ecological Status
  4. 4. New Classification System - key aspects: Biology Chemical quality (surface & ground waters) Quantity (surface & ground waters) – ‘hydrology’ Physical structure – ‘morphology’ Considered for each ‘water body’ type – rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters and ground waters An Ecology Based Directive
  5. 5. Water Framework Directive - background  11 River Basins  Objective – to improve overall health of water environment by 2027
  6. 6. WFD objectives Improving land management More naturally functioning rivers Cleaner water for drinking, recreation and economic use A reduction in pollution Sustainable use of water
  7. 7. some farming practices Drinking water quality Invasive signal crayfish Phosphate from treated sewage discharges nutrient runoff surface water sewer abuse Amenity use of pesticides Barrier to fish passage Typical Pressures on water environment Poor morphology Invasive fish species Low flow/over abstraction invasive Himalayan balsam
  8. 8. Catchment Based Approach  Working together to understand the issues  Discussing and agreeing on outcomes and priorities  Sharing information and resources  Working together to tackle difficult issues  Working collaboratively to deliver work on the ground that improves the catchment
  9. 9. WFD Management Catchments
  10. 10. Essex Rivers - Key Issues 10 Physical modifications - fish barriers & unsuitable habitat Phosphate & Sediment Abstraction/Low Flow Nitrate Pesticides
  11. 11. Physical Modification
  12. 12. Physical Modification
  13. 13. Watercourse maintenance & habitat creation
  14. 14. Phosphate & Sediment
  15. 15. Phosphate & Sediment 15
  16. 16. Pesticides
  17. 17. Nitrate 17
  18. 18. How you can help 19  Lots of work to be done, this is the start of the process  Opportunities to get involved with new Catchment Partnerships  River Stour –Matt Holden, Stour Valley and Dedham Vale Project  South Essex Project Officer – Jane Herbert, Essex Wildlife Trust
  19. 19. UNCLASSIFIED 20 Keep soil in your field Fords & tracks near water Silt traps Keep livestock out of water
  20. 20. What’s in Your Back Yard www.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby
  21. 21. Essex Rivers Hub 22
  22. 22. Key Actions - Summary  Know your local catchment and water quality issues – WIYBY  Support the Catchment Based Approach Get involved in partnerships; CSF, Essex Wildlife Trust, E&S Rivers Trust, Thames Chase Trust, ESW  Protect your resources; managing your soil and land sustainably  Talk to us about opportunities to improve the local water environment
  23. 23. Thank you Any Questions? 24

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