A new approach to catchment management

The Government has recently adopted a catchment-based approach to the management of the country’s fresh water and transitional water bodies, in recognition of the many factors which affect water quality.

This approach aims to integrate land and water management in a sustainable way to balance environmental, economic and social demands at a catchment scale.

Thames21 is playing a lead role in the development of this approach in London.  It is co-hosting the catchment project for the tidal Thames with Thames Estuary Partnership, called Your Tidal Thames and hosting the Ravensbourne Catchment Improvement Group in SE London.  Thames21 is also working with the Environment Agency to help develop catchment plans for the non-tidal Thames from Maidenhead and Sunbury and the Beam (or Rom), Ingrebourne and Roding rivers in North East London. Further Thames21 is working to develop catchment plans for Brent and lower Lee catchment.

To help shape the future of the non-tidal Thames, share your views:
WFD River Thames Pilot Catchment Questionnaire (March).

View the WFD River Thames Maidenhead – Sunbury -Community Catchment Draft Working Plan.

Share your thoughts about your local stretch of the river on the Ravensbourne Catchment.

The central aim of this approach is to gather information and views from stakeholders, users of the river and residents to begin to create an achievable, holistic vision for the future of these waterways. We want your input to help develop plans to improve the quality of these rivers for people and wildlife long into the future.

The ‘catchment-based’ approach aims to deliver and raise awareness of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and what this means for our rivers, estuaries and coastal waters. The WFD is EU legislation requiring improvements to water quality and the river environment.

The project for the tidal Thames, Your Tidal Thames, is one of 25 pilot catchment projects, funded by Defra. For more information, contact A.J McConville.

If you want to help improve the Ravenbourne, Quaggy and Pool rivers in SE London contact Lawrence Beale Collins.

If you would like to contribute to the development of a plan for the Beam, Ingrebourne and Roding Rivers, contact David Bigden.

To find out more about the catchment plan approach for the non-tidal Thames or to contribute your views on the Thames between Maidenhead and Sunbury, please contact Luke Damerum.

To find out more about the Brent and lower Lee catchment and get information on how to get involved, please contact Lucy Shuker.