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The Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: Day 1 - Session 2

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The Partnership approach & assessing the benefits of catchment management. 12th & 13th September 2016 at the Rougemont Hotel, Exeter. Following the decision to leave the EU the need to come together to tackle the complex environmental problems we face such as diffuse pollution and habitat fragmentation has never been greater. This conference sets out the benefits and drawbacks of partnership working and the effectiveness of dealing with problems at a catchment scale.

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The Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: Day 1 - Session 2

  1. 1. Chaired by Jo Diamond & Lesley Newport
  2. 2. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference The work of Catchment Partnerships in the South West Session chaired by… Lesley Newport EA Environment Programme Manager – Devon & Cornwall Jo Diamond EA Environment Programme Manager – Wessex
  3. 3. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference The work of Catchment Partnerships in the South West Introduction… Laurence Couldrick CEO Westcountry Rivers Trust
  4. 4. Catchments provide us with…. – food and materials – energy / fuel – drinking water They regulate the…. – climate gases – flood and drought They give us areas for…. – culture – recreation – habitat for wildlife What do we get from our river catchments?
  5. 5. Management Plans
  6. 6. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference The work of Catchment Partnerships in the South West Session chaired by… Lesley Newport EA Environment Programme Manager – Devon & Cornwall Jo Diamond EA Environment Programme Manager – Wessex
  7. 7. Ellie Mantell Somerset Jeremy Taylor Bristol Avon Russell Spencer Hampshire Avon Ben Rayner Dorset Wessex Catchment Co-ordinators
  8. 8. East Devon North Devon Gitty Ankers Tamar South Devon West Cornwall and The Fal North Cornwall Seaton Looe and Fowey Trevor Cronin Hugh Davey Brett Grosvenor Devon, Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly Catchment Co-ordinators
  9. 9. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference The work of Catchment Partnerships in the South West Cornwall Catchment Partnership Cheryl Marriott Conservation Manager Cornwall Wildlife Trust
  10. 10. River Cober WFD catchment Loe Pool SSSI
  11. 11. Catchment Partnership fund Environment Agency Upstream Thinking Cober capital grant agreements since April 2015
  12. 12. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference The work of Catchment Partnerships in the South West Hampshire Avon Catchment Partnership Paul Jose Director Wessex Chalk Streams & Rivers Trust
  13. 13. Avon CP Sediment Pathways Project : Using catchment management to reduce excessive inputs of fine sediment
  14. 14. ENVIRONMENTAL STRESSES 1. Sediment 2. Low Flows 3. Phosphate 4. Organic Pollution
  15. 15. Walkover surveys
  16. 16. Mitigation measures www.hampshireavoncatchmentpartnership.org.uk www.ticp.org.uk
  17. 17. Lessons learned • Learn from neighbouring partnerships • Bourne and Cheriton stream pilot projects in Test and Itchen Catchment delivering mitigation measures. • Work closely with the farming community, Parish Council, County Council, Highways, NE and EA etc. • Have a strategic and inclusive plan, engage key partners but focus on delivering integrated long term solutions. Contacts: Leanne.sargeant@wcsrt.org.uk Avon officer Rupert.kelton@wcsrt.org.uk Test/Itchen officer
  18. 18. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference The work of Catchment Partnerships in the South West Tamar Catchment Partnership Hazel Kendall Head of Land Management - WRT
  19. 19. Ecosystem Service Approach: • Water Quality • Farming & Land use • Habitats, Species, Ecology • Education & Engagement - Communities & Citizen Science • Post-Industrial Mining
  20. 20. Sampling Sites 15 Farms -- 40 Fields Tamar Valley Organic Group (Biology) TVOGb
  21. 21. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference The work of Catchment Partnerships in the South West South & West Somerset Catchment Partnership Sabine Peukert Catchment Officer - FWAG South West Mark Robinson (CC 2.0)
  22. 22. South and West Somerset Catchment Partnership Delivering water quality & flood risk benefits
  23. 23. South and West Somerset Catchment Overview
  24. 24. South and West Somerset Hills to Levels Initiative
  25. 25. South and West Somerset Targeting & Scoping
  26. 26. South and West Somerset Targeting & Scoping
  27. 27. South and West Somerset Targeting & Scoping
  28. 28. South and West Somerset Targeting & Scoping
  29. 29. South and West Somerset Farm Visits & Advice
  30. 30. South and West Somerset Delivered Capital Grants
  31. 31. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference The work of Catchment Partnerships in the South West Poole Harbour & Stour (Dorset) Catchment Partnerships Nicola Hopkins Catchment Coordinator – Wessex Water Angus Kirk (CC 2.0)
  32. 32. Nicola Hopkins Catchment Co-ordinator Poole Harbour and Stour Catchments
  33. 33. The challenges
  34. 34. WAgriCo areas were chosen because of their rising nitrate trends, many close drinking water limits
  35. 35. Why do CP’s need an agricultural group? Habitat mapping report 2014
  36. 36. Poole Harbour Agriculture and Land Management Group What the farmers on the group say about the initiative….. ‘Its all about sowing the seed’ ‘We just want you to tell us what we need to do’ ‘We feel like we are part of the planning process and that it is a 2 way thing’ ‘Opportunity to steer the direction of initiatives’ ‘the best person to explain the issues to a farmer is another farmer’ ‘it keeps us in touch with what is current in the environment world’ ‘we get agricultural advice from CSF and other advisers’ ‘it provides scientific evidence of the impacts (of land use)on the environment
  37. 37. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference The work of Catchment Partnerships in the South West North Devon Catchment Partnership Brett Grosvenor Catchment Coordinator, EA
  38. 38. North Devon Biosphere Catchment Partnership Nature Improvement Research Community Forestry Catchment MarineGreen Economy
  39. 39. What we have done… STAGE 1 – Review Organisations – areas & remit Plans – what, where & when Information – data and evidence STAGE 2 – Synthesis What do we all want from the catchment  ACTION & FUNDING PLAN STAGE 3 – Delivery An integrated delivery programme to ensure the best and most sustainable way to use and manage for our valuable local resources
  40. 40. Current activity 1. Environment Agency’s delivery programme 2. Estuary project – reducing agricultural pollution in theTaw/Torridge estuary 3. Taw river project – improving water quality and fish health 4. Catchment Sensitive Farming partnership 5. Bankside fencing and management works 6. Culm project – wet grassland creation for flood mitigation 7. Freshwater pearl mussel project – improving river conditions in the Torridge 8. Coastal Creatures project 9. Countryside Stewardship Facilitation projects in the Torridge, Caen andTaw 10. UpstreamThinking on the BarnstapleYeo
  41. 41. Future plans • Expand our partnership • Deliver our projects • Continue to integrate activity for greatest impact • Keep our Action Plan and delivery programme live • Prioritise funding bids • Work with the North Devon Landscape Pioneer initiative & influence The 25Year Environment Plan
  42. 42. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference The work of Catchment Partnerships in the South West South Devon Catchment Partnership Nigel Mortimer Estuaries Officer - South Devon AONB
  43. 43. Downstream Thinking ! It‘s simple ... we all depend on clean and healthy waters!
  44. 44. Downstream Thinking ... would you could you live downstream of yourself ?
  45. 45. At home or at work, follow the example of our local farmers ... • use only the amount of garden fertiliser and pesticides you actually need ... read the instructions! • always use the brown kitchen waste bin in preference to the sink • switch to phosphate-free detergents and use the ‘soft- water’ amount • be responsible with your waste • be extra careful with oil and fuel
  46. 46. Just because you can’t see it ... doesn’t mean it’s not there! SEA LITTER, BIN LITTER !
  47. 47. THE MOST DANGEROUS SPECIES OF OUR WATERS SEA LITTER, BIN LITTER!
  48. 48. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference The work of Catchment Partnerships in the South West East Devon Catchment Partnership Peter Burgess Director of Dev., Policy & Res - Devon Wildlife Trust
  49. 49. East Devon Catchment Partnership
  50. 50. East Devon Diffuse Pollution Project
  51. 51. Project basics… • Maize identified as a major issue • Aim: to improve practice in high risk areas • £40K CPAF funding • Consultant (Chantal Brown) plus EA input • 50 high risk farms chosen by EA • 2 x advisory visits plus EA audit, fact sheets • May 2015-March 2016
  52. 52. Results • Runoff found from all farms • 63% of farms (19) had ineffective mitigation • 19% of farms (5) had Category 2 incidents • 30% of farms (8) also had pollution from slurry • Low farmer awareness … demonstrates a serious issue
  53. 53. Culm Crayfish
  54. 54. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference The work of Catchment Partnerships in the South West Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership Jeremy Taylor Catchment Coordinator - EA
  55. 55. www.bristolavoncatchment.co.uk Zoe Hancock Catchment Coordinator
  56. 56. Key Issue Key Drivers Lead partners/responsible? High Levels of Phosphates Water Quality, Ecological EA, Water Companies, Farmers?, Industries? High Sediment Loading Water Quality, Ecological, Flooding EA, Farmers, Highways (Local Authorities) Flooding Ecological, Flood Management, Climate Change, Growth EA, Water Companies, Developers, Local Authorities (LLFA’s) Low Flows Water Resources, Ecological, Climate Change EA, Water Companies, Abstractors Habitats & Ecology Ecological/Biodiversity, Climate Change NE, EA, Nature Partnerships, Farmers Growth & Development Population Growth, Climate Change, Water Resources, Local Authorities, NE, EA, LEPs, Business, Water Companies, Communities
  57. 57. What has the BACP achieved? • Stakeholder engagement process to identify key issues and solutions in the catchment • Published Catchment Plan (2016) – Include Strategic Goals/Actions • Improving our evidence base- so we can make more informed decisions (Data Task Group) – Environmental Services Evidence Review – Opportunity Maps (catchment website) • Developing an online Action Plan (map based)
  58. 58. • Established a Catchment Fund- to support projects/work required (Small Grants Scheme) • Providing water advice to LNPs and LEPs – Catchment Resilience Framework • Delivering improvements within the catchment (Delivery Task Groups) • Wider engagement- raising awareness of water quality issues (Bristol Avon WaterBlitz) What has the BACP achieved?
  59. 59. What is happening? • Existing actions (individual partners) – Environment Agency projects – Wessex Water- AMP project (Catchment Permitting Trial) • Partnership Projects (emerging)- Action Plan • Citizen Science/Volunteer efforts- capture! – BART Beacons/River Fly Monitoring • Strategic alignment of funding/plans - Catchment Resilience Framework • Catchment Fund- Small Grants Scheme
  60. 60. Partnership Project Delivery Bristol Frome Diffuse Pollution Project Water Space Study- (Bath) Mendip Lakes Partnership North Somerset Levels & Moors Project
  61. 61. Action Plan
  62. 62. Any questions?
  63. 63. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference The work of Catchment Partnerships in the South West Session chaired by… Lesley Newport EA Environment Programme Manager – Devon & Cornwall Jo Diamond EA Environment Programme Manager – Wessex

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