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 and prioritise opportunities for improvement
  • Coordinate delivery of actions across the whole catchment

The plan is based on data on characteristics and issues, 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.

Strategic actions by area

The Catchment Action Plans identify strategic priorities for each area based on the identified issues and the work needed to address them. Click on an area on the map opposite to open a ‘Catchment Action Plan’ document.

These documents include a summary of the issues in each waterbody, and identify the prioritise for action across the whole catchment area. They consider ongoing projects and work needed to target any gaps to identify ‘oven-ready’ projects and longer term ambitions 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.

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.