Farm Business Update 2014: Lavenham, Environment Agency

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Farm Business Update 2014: Lavenham, Environment Agency

  1. 1. The Water Framework Directive and the Catchment Based Approach in your area Dr Nicola Robinson Catchment Co-ordinator Suffolk
  2. 2. Contents  Introduction to the Water Framework Directive  Catchment Based Approach  Key pressures in the Stour catchment  Implementing Water Framework Directive  Key Actions for Farmers - what you can do to help  WIYBY for Farmers
  3. 3. Water Framework Directive - background  11 River Basins  Objective – to improve overall health of water environment by 2027
  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. To achieve WFD objectives Improving rural land management Reducing the impact of transport and built environments Addressing point and diffuse sources of pollution Securing sustainable amounts of water Improving wildlife habitats
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Catchment 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
  8. 8. WFD Management Catchments
  9. 9. Stour Key Issues UNCLASSIFIED 9 Physical modifications - fish barriers & unsuitable habitat Pesticides Phosphate & Sediment Nitrate
  10. 10. Physical Modification
  11. 11. Pesticides
  12. 12. Phosphate & Sediment UNCLASSIFIED 12
  13. 13. Nitrate UNCLASSIFIED 13
  14. 14. Implementing WFD Improvements UNCLASSIFIED 14
  15. 15. Working in partnership with Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Partnership River Stour Project Officer – Matt Holden i) Catchment restoration projects ii) Strategic control of invasive non-native species iii) Community engagement
  16. 16. How you can help UNCLASSIFIED 21  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
  17. 17. Opportunities for change Bullet point Sub point Protecting watercourses Stock husbandry Soil management Pesticide use Land use Nutrient and manure management Farm infrastructure Field drainage Water efficiency Riparian management
  18. 18. What’s in Your Back Yard www.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby
  19. 19. Key Actions - Summary  Know your local catchment and water quality issues – WIYBY  Support the Catchment Based Approach Get involved in partnerships; CSF, E&S Rivers Trust, ESW  Protect your resources; managing your soil and land sustainably  Talk to us about opportunities to improve the local water environment

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