How to use the Catchment Management Plans (CMP)

Why do we need Catchment Management Plans?

We rely on our river environments for a wide range of services including water supply, recreation, agriculture, industry, fisheries and flood defence. We also want to see unpolluted, healthy rivers that support a diverse range of wildlife. Managing rivers can be very complex and requires balancing the needs of multiple river users, riparian owners, and many organisations with differing roles and responsibilities. The Dales to Vale Rivers Network (DVRN) exists to coordinate the activities within our catchments and encourage collaborative working to achieve these aims.

By using available data, we have summarised the current condition and issues in each of the catchments. We have also mapped where previous work has been carried out in the catchment and what was achieved. Through a series of workshops with local communities and partner organisations we have identified and agreed a prioritised plan to tackle these issues. This plan is our ‘wish list’ of projects to move the catchment towards our aims of being clean healthy environments that support people and wildlife.

Creating these Catchment Management Plans is an on-going process and they will be updated as more information becomes available. If you have any comments, or your local group, community or organisation would like to be involved then please Contact Us.

The DVRN catchment partnership is one of over 100 across the country funded by Defra. Find out more about Defra’s Catchment Based Approach here.

How to use the Catchment Plans

The maps summarise available data on each catchment.  Our Issues page provides more information on why each of the mapped datasets are important.  The Glossary and Data sources tab provide more information on how to interpret the map. The sidebar text also provides links to partner websites where you can find more information and data. Clicking on  the maps will provide further information about specific areas.

Previous Strategies and Plans

A lot of work has already been done in our catchment. Our Catchment Plan aims to draw together all these sources of data to act as a hub.

Some existing work that may be of interest includes:

Environment Agency’s Humber River Basin District Management Plan – 2015 – Identified the current state of waterbodies, pressures, objectives and actions for improvement.

Environment Agency’s Ouse catchment flood management plan – 2009 -Establish flood risk management policies which will deliver sustainable flood risk management for the long term.

Strategic Partnership for the River Ouse and its Tributaries – 2007 – Opportunity plan to identify potential locations for environmental enhancement projects. hard copy held by DVRN.

North Yorkshire and York Local Nature Partnership – Vision and plan of action of how the natural environment can be taken into account in decision making.

Nidderdale AONB management plan – 2014 – 2019 – Guidelines for managing the AONB to enhance biodiversity and conserve the environment.

Yorkshire Dales National Park management plan – 2013 – Ambitions for how the National Park will be looked after over the next five to ten years.

Campaign for the Farmed Environment prioritisation plan for North Yorkshire – 2013

Selby district council Countryside and Green Space Strategy – Ambitions for countryside and how it can conserve and enhance the biodiversity by working with partners and communities.

Leeds City Region Green Infrastructure Strategy – 2010 – Identifies where environmental investment will contribute to economic vitality and health. Updated strategy due for publication in early 2017.

North East Green Infrastructure mapping project – 2010 – Identifies green corridors with the aim to protect and create green spaces.

Biodiversity Action Plans– 2000 – 2010 – Identify local status of species and habitats, with threats and opportunities. Establish local measures to deliver UK Biodiversity Action Plan

Yorkshire Dales National Park – Nature in the Dales 2020 vision.



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