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Catchment Sensitive Farming is land management that keeps diffuse emissions of pollutants to levels consistent with the ecological sensitivity and uses of rivers, groundwaters and other aquatic habitats, both in the immediate catchment and further downstream. It includes managing appropriately the use of fertilisers, manures and pesticides; promoting good soil structure and rain infiltration to avoid run-off and erosion; protecting watercourses from faecal contamination, sedimentation and pesticides; reducing stocking density; managing stock on farms to avoid compaction and poaching of land; and separating clean and dirty water on farms.
There are a number of approaches to ensuring that these practices are adopted: advice, scheme and regulation, and these are all managed through the Catchment Sensitive Farming Programme.
More information on the England Catchment Sensitive Farming Delivery Initiative, a joint venture between the Environment Agency and Natural England, funded by Defra can be found here (Natural England website, New Window) >>>
The RNRP and the Environment Agency are providing advice on this to farmers in the Upper Nene and Ise areas through the River Nene Catchment Partnership (please note that this is an advice scheme only; the nationwide capital grant scheme is not applicable via the Nene project). This is a Strategic Partnership between Natural England, Environment Agency and River Nene Regional Park.
River Basin Management Plan - Anglian River Basin District
This plan is about the pressures facing the water environment in the Anglian River Basin District, and the actions that will address them. It has been prepared under the Water Framework Directive, and is the first of a series of six-year planning cycles.
By 2015, 16 per cent of surface waters (rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters) in this river basin district are going to improve for at least one biological, chemical or physical element, measured as part of an assessment of good status according to the Water Framework Directive. This includes an improvement of 1,700 km of the river network in relation to fish, phosphate, specific pollutants and other elements.
By 2015 19 per cent of surface waters will be at good ecological status/potential and 45 per cent of groundwater bodies will be at good status. In combination 20 per cent of all water bodies will be at good status by 2015. The Environment Agency wants to go further and achieve an additional two per cent improvement to surface waters across England and Wales by 2015.
The biological parts of how the water environment is assessed the plant and animal
communities are key indicators. At least 30 per cent of assessed surface waters will be at good or better biological status by 2015.
The Anglian River Basin District is a unique environment; the landscape ranges from gentle chalk and limestone ridges to the extensive lowlands of the Fens and East Anglian coastal estuaries and marshes. Water is essential to the maintenance of the rivers, lakes, estuaries, coasts and groundwater that underpins these landscapes and their wildlife. And it is vital to the livelihoods of those who live and work here.
Link to the full plan
This presentation explains the pressures on our water environment. It sets out what we're doing and what you can do to contribute to the future health of our waters.
The Environment Agency have released the River Nene and River Welland Water Quality Data Viewer.
The viewer is an excel based interactive map which shows all our water quality monitoring points for the River Nene and River Welland. When these points are accessed by the user all the water quality data held by the Environment Agency for that sampling point is presented in a series of graphs for each parameter including the Water Framework Directive target for that parameter.
Rural Sustainable Drainage Systems (RSuDS)
Rural Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are not a new concept, but they are not widespread in the rural environment and could present many opportunities for improving our management of water at source. They are a collection of physical structures used to mimic natural processes. In rural environments, it is an approach for managing the detrimental impact of rainfall on fields where run-off is a major threat to the flora, fauna and chemical status of our surface waters.
Environment Agency have produced a report that provides a list of existing land management options that fit the definition of sustainable drainage and reviews their cost and effectiveness in helping to meet the objectives of the Water Framework Directive, to reduce flood risk and adapt to climate change. Options explored in the report include trenches, wetlands, retention ponds and buffers and many of these features can be further enhanced by sediment traps as part of the design.
Natural England have also produced a number of related technical information notes
It is possible to do these capital works as a special project under the CSF Capital Grant Scheme if there was a particular site issue where these would be appropriate measures to use, as well as via HLS.
Natural England have made a video with LEAF on Sustainable Drainage systems on farms.
LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
NENE CATCHMENT PARTNERSHIP, FREE EVENT
Wednesday 11th July 2012, 18.30 - 21.00. Brixworth Farming Company Ltd, Twigden Barns, The Farm Office, Grooms Lane, Creaton, Northants NN6 8LU.
Light buffet and refreshments included.
METALDEHYDE GRAPHS UP TO MARCH 2012
Most rivers have shown very low concentrations over the autumn / winter of 2011-12
CAB SHEET FOR FARMERS
NENE CATCHMENT PARTNERSHIP - STEERING GROUP MEETING HELD 9th MARCH 2012
CAPITAL GRANT SCHEME
The Catchment Sensitive Farming Capital Grant Scheme is offered to land managers in priority catchments in England to support the improvement or installation of facilities that would benefit water quality by reducing diffuse pollution from agriculture.
BRITISH FARMER AND GROWER
NENE CATCHMENT PARTNERSHIP : FUNDING AGREED FOR NEXT TWO YEARS
Funding has been agreed for Catchment Sensitive Farming to run for another two years with the added bonus that from March/April 2012 farmers within the priority areas will be able to apply for funding from the capital grant scheme (national pot).
NENE CATCHMENT PARTNERSHIP : PROJECT REVIEW & FUTURE PLANS
Select below to download the presentation given by Greg Oakes, NCP Project Manager at the last NCP Stakeholder meeting held 22nd March 2011.
Steering Group meeting and site visit with Anglian Water to the water treatment works at Pitsford reservoir
Please select the thumbnails below to view larger images..
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