Catchment Plan

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Our vision:

Healthy and sustainable water environments that benefit people, the economy and wildlife and are valued by all.


Our catchment plan aims to:

  • Identify opportunities for improving our catchments
  • Prioritise delivery of actions across the whole catchment

The plan is based on a wide range of data, expert opinion and local evidence. It is an evolving document, updated as new information becomes available. If you have any ideas or comments, or your local group, community or organisation would like to be involved then please contact us.

These catchment action plans are informed by and will help deliver the strategic priorities identified in other plans including: River Basin District Management plans, flood risk management plansLake District National Park management planCumbria Biodiversity Action Plan and National Trust management plans. They will also help to shape, and be shaped by, the Local Nature Recovery Strategy which is in development as a requirement of the  Environment Bill 2020 to create a national Nature Recovery Network.

Action plans

The Action Plans identify what action is needed to address the identified issues in each catchment area. Click on an area on the map opposite and click ‘More info’ to open a ‘Catchment Action Plan’ document.

These documents include a summary of the issues in each water body and identify the priority actions across the area. Ongoing projects, work needed to target any gaps and longer term ambitions are presented for each catchment.


Priority areas for action

We can’t achieve everything we want to do in the short term due to limited funding and conflicting land uses. The second part of the Catchment Plan identifies priority areas where there is greatest scope to deliver reduced flood risk, improved water quality and enhanced biodiversity. Investment is being directed towards projects that will have the greatest benefit to the widest range of people.