Using local expertise to solve local problems: A novel aspect of this project is its ‘ground upwards’ approach involving land owners and managers, as well as farming and environmental organisations, government agencies and researchers.
- River Wensum, Norfolk
This growing community of interested parties – the ‘Wensum Alliance’ is contributing to the research design and identifying the most relevant mitigation measures. Information from the extensive monitoring programme will be available to members of the Wensum Alliance and is being shared between the three catchment projects to compare experiences and develop best practice guidance for land managers and policymakers that can be applied nationwide.
State-of-the-art measuring devices are being used for long-term monitoring to both identify and record pollutants and to evaluate the effectiveness of measures to reduce it. The study will consider the impacts and effects on ecosystems and sustainable production and aims to improve understanding of how to predict and control diffuse pollution from agriculture.
We are sharing and exchanging knowledge gained from the Wensum DTC project, with a range of other organisations, including those below.
Broadland Catchments Partnership (this includes the Wensum) is a new partnership approach to working on a wider scale to improve the quality of the Broads. It is co-funded by the Broads Authority, Environment Agency, Natural England and Essex & Suffolk Water. You can learn more about their work from their newsletters below.
- Broadland Catch-up, Jan 2017
- Broadland Catch-up, Oct 2016
- Broadland Catch-up, Jul 2016
- Broadland Catch-up, Apr 2016
- Broadland Catch-up, Jan 2016
- Broadland Catch-up, Oct 2015
- Broadland Catch-up, Jul 2015
- Broadland Catch-up, Mar 2015
- Broadland Catch-up, Sep 2014
- Broadland Catch-up, Oct 2013
- Broadland Catch-up, May 2013
- Broadland Catch-up, Feb 2013
- Broadland Catch-up, Oct 2012
Catchment Sensitive Farming Norfolk is a joint Natural England, Environment Agency and Defra project offering free advice and grants to help farmers reduce diffuse water pollution from agriculture. You can learn more about their work from their newsletters below.
Waveney Catchment Partnership aims to help those who live and work in the Waveney Catchment to improve the water quality of the river for the benefit of all its users. As well as Catchment Sensitive Farming and Essex & Suffolk Water, it includes the Environment Agency and the Broads Authority, agronomists from Frontier and Hutchinsons, wildlife advisors from FWAG, the Waveney River Trust and farmers who work in the catchment. You can learn more about their work from their newsletters below.
- Waveney Catchment Partnership Newsletter, March 2016
- Waveney Catchment Partnership Newsletter, Autumn 2015
- Waveney Catchment Partnership Newsletter, Jul 2015
Chelmer & Blackwater Catchment Partnership supports land managers by providing advice on the storage, handling and application of pesticides, fertilisers and manure; soil management; water course protection; environmental stewardship and general farm environmental management. Find out more from their website - www.chelmerandblackwater.org.uk or read their news updates below.
- Chelmer and Blackwater Catchment Partnership News, Spring 2013
- Chelmer and Blackwater Catchment Partnership News, Winter 2012
River Waveney Trust was formed to ensure the river, its tributaries and its surroundings are maintained and made as accessible as possible for the enjoyment of local residents and the public. Find out more from their website - www.riverwaveneytrust.org.
Norfolk Rivers Trust was established in 2011 with the objective of conserving and restoring Norfolk rivers, and wetland habitats. Find out more from their website - www.norfolkriverstrust.org.
Agritech East - Water for Agriculture Special Interest Group (SIG) Co-chaired by Andy Brown, Head of Sustainability at Anglian Water, and Prof Kevin Hiscock, Professor of Environmental Sciences at University of East Anglia. If you want to be involved in the SIG please go to their webiste to find out more - www.agritech-east.co.uk/category/water-for-agriculture/.
The Wensum Alliance is modelled on international experience of successful catchment management groups such as the Memorandum of Agreement between New York City and the Coalition of Watershed Communities (Catskill-Delaware) in the United States, the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership of Australia and others in North West Europe. Of significance in their success is the bringing together of people and agencies, the building of trust and understanding of shared problems and solutions, and the capacity for delivery.