Defra has published documents showing the catchment areas wholly or partly in England which have been designated as sensitive under section 96C of the Water Industry Act. The documents include the designation notice and a map of the sensitive catchment areas. They have been designated due to the habitats site related to the catchment being […]

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From Utility Week and Yorkshire Water Ben Aston, biodiversity specialist at Yorkshire Water, sheds light on the firm’s joint investment in pollinator superhighways and their impact on managing its water catchments. Yorkshire Water recently revealed that surveys are underway at six of its sites – Fewston, Swinsty, Thruscross, Embsay, Grimwith and Barden reservoirs – after […]

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Defra & EA – Update to the RBMPs The Environment Agency must review and update RBMPs every 6 years. Their review and update of the current RBMPs is underway. They expect the consultation on the draft RBMPs to start in 2021. The Environment Agency has concluded that the requirement for a strategic environmental assessment for the third cycle review of the river […]

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Yorkshire Water has been shortlisted for an award celebrating its contribution to conserving the natural environment. The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management Awards recognise the success of projects, businesses and individuals who have made significant contributions to protecting the natural environment. Yorkshire Water is one of three shortlisted for the Large-Scale Practical Nature […]

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Dame Glenys Stacey review proposes farm regulation shake-up A more supportive, flexible and incentives-led approach to farming regulation has been recommended as part of a review into the sector published today. A more supportive, flexible and incentives-led approach to farming regulation has been recommended as part of wide-ranging review into the sector published today (Thursday […]

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Thanks to Bruce Horton for this report Areas next to rivers hold potential for cost-effective flood protection and improving the health of an entire river ecosystem. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published today, restoring European floodplains closer to their natural state would contribute to the achievement of several European Union policies. Estimates […]

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