Environment Agency ‘ Water is a precious resource that we can’t live without; from supplying drinking water and supporting fisheries, to providing an essential resource to business and agriculture, and a source of recreation. Water pollution and drought threaten these things. Therefore it is critical that our rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal areas, wetlands and groundwater are managed properly. This ensures the needs of society, the economy and wildlife can be met and maintained over the long-term. River basin planning provides an overarching strategic framework for managing that water environment. River basin management plans include the objectives and actions required to protect and improve the water environment. Water and land resources are closely linked and so river basin management plans also inform decisions on land-use planning and work alongside other strategies, such as flood risk management plans.
Why We Are Consulting
The current river basin management plans were published in February 2016 and must be reviewed and updated by the end of 2021. Starting in 2018, there will be three consultations that will help shape the updated plans.
Give Us Your Views
The consultations are your opportunity to help shape the review and update of the river basin management plans. Click on the links below for more information and to access the consultation.
Working Together offers the opportunity to give us your views on the work plan, timetable and process for how we will work together with stakeholders to review and update river basin management plans in 2021.
Click here for more information and to access the Working Together consultation
This consultation will be open for responses from the 22nd of June 2018