A new initiative involving dozens of conservation and water groups are working to manage and restore four major rivers in Norfolk and Suffolk.The Broadland Rivers Catchment Plan will look at issues around water quality and shortage, flooding and wildlife habitat by joining up the management of land and water in an area more than ten times the size of the Broads alone.
The catchment includes the area that feeds water into the rivers Bure, Waveney, Wensum and Yare and out to sea at Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft.
– Neil Punchard, Broadland Catchment Partnership Office
we've previously interfered with rivers and over 50% of them are modified. There are lots of opportunities in the upper catchment where we can actually improve these rivers and restore them. We can put bends back in and we can help them to function better which provides better wildlife habitat and it can also provide potentially better fishing.
By joining forces with farmers, wildlife groups and water companies the Broadland Catchment Partnership can work more efficiently at improving the water quality for the benefit of wildlife, tourism and industry and for households whose domestic water is derived from the rivers.
– Will Robinson, Water Resources Manager, Essex and Suffolk Water
Protecting our vital water resources at source rather than investing in expensive water treatment processes results in cost savings for our customers and is better for the environment."
Around 80% of the land in the Broadland area is used for arable agriculture so working closely with farmers, land managers and their advisers while supporting sustainable intensive agriculture is essential.
The Broadland Catchment Partnership was established in 2012. It is co-hosted by the Broads Authority and the Norfolk Rivers Trust. Partners include Anglian Water, Environment Agency, Essex & Suffolk Water, Farm Conservation, National Farmers' Union, Natural England, Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Rivers Trust, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, River Waveney Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Rivers Trust, University of East Anglia and the Water Management Alliance.
The plan can be downloaded from: [www.