The Water Framework Directive (WFD) is a wide-ranging piece of European legislation that has become part of UK law. It aims to improve all water bodies in Europe in respect of their water chemistry, wildlife and morphology by setting measurable objectives. Great steps have been made over recent decades to improve water quality in the Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne area, and now the WFD aims to raise the standard even higher.
Parts of the Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment currently fall below the required standards. A range of factors are contributing to this, the most significant being high phosphate levels, low water flows, sediment levels and man-made alterations to river corridors such as weirs.
The catchment-scale approach to tackling these issues is vital to improving the overall condition of the rivers and tributaries within the Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment and in producing focused plans such as the Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment Plan.
The partnership approach
The Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment Partnership (RBICP) is working at both a catchment and local scale, seeking to liaise with landowners to reduce pollution, and encourage works directly within the river corridor to improve its habitats. The RBICP is co-chaired by Thames21 and the Thames Chase Trust and current membership includes:
- Brentwood Borough Council
- Environment Agency
- Epping Forest District Council
- Essex Wildlife Trust
- Forestry Commission
- Friends of Ingrebourne Valley
- London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
- London Borough of Havering
- London Wildlife Trust
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
- Thames Chase Trust (Co-host)
- Thames21 (Co-host)
- Thames Water
- Vision RCL on behalf of the London Borough of Redbridge
The RBICP has produced the Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment Plan. This key document sets out the required actions which will seek to improve the physical functioning and condition of the rivers and tributaries within the Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment, thus benefitting both wildlife and people.
Pictures: Hackton Parkway and a frosty morning in Harold Wood Park
The RBICP recognises the importance of our Rivers and Water. This resource is vital for recreation, wildlife, health, drinking, growing crops, industry, and waste water management. Collectively, we can better manage this resource by giving careful consideration to the amount of water we use.
To meet the Shared Vision for the Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment, our goals are to improve:
- Recreation and raising awareness
- River and floodplain management
- Water management
- Land management
- Investment in the Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment
If you would like to get involved with this Catchment Partnership, eg developing new ideas, please contact David Bigden on 07746 593527 or via email.