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Current activities


Consultations

Water Framework Directive.

We are supporting the Environment Agency's Draft River Basin Management Plan consultation programme.

The Northumbria River Basin Management Plan (cycle 2) 2016 – 2021 was released for public consultation from 10.10.14 until 10.04.15. If you would like to read this plan and submit comments, please follow this link :

https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/portal/ho/wfd/draft_plans/consult?pointId=3034101


Regional Flood Risk Management Plan

Also released for consultation by the EA is the Northumbria Region Flood Risk Management plan.. this is available for viewing and comment until 31.01.15 by following this link :

https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/portal/ho/flood/draft_frmp/consult?pointId=3063510


 

Partnership building

We have

- been building the Partnership network – establishing links to AONB, LNP, CSF, Rural Diffuse Pollution Group, Northumberland Flood Group and many others.

- initiated an informal Coastal Group – 'filling a gap' and providing the opportunity for partner organisations to share information on current issues/actions.


Project development

We have

- developed initial proposals for a project to tackle issues on 'urban streams' in SE Northumberland

- started working with NWL to identify issues relevant to their operational activities


Summary of priority issues - March 2018 


Catchment

 

Priority Issues from 2016

Are these still priorities for 2018 ?

 

 

Priority

***

North Northumberland Coastal Streams

Effects of run-off from agricultural land & highways

A

A

 

Impacts from small STW. & septic tanks

Potential obstruction to fish passage: tidal flaps.

Lack of information on trout populations.

Channel restoration / poor riparian habitat. (esp Long Nanny)

Northern Coast

Lindisfarne/Budle: suspected water quality impacts (from streams) on oysters, mussels & seagrass.

A

Aln

 

Conservation/ protection of native crayfish population.

A

B

Improvement of spawning gravels and nursery areas.

 

Potential obstruction to fish passage : Lower Aln weirs

A-

Lack of information on type & impact of issues.

A-

Upper Wansbeck

 

Conservation/ protection of key native crayfish population.

 

A-

Improved spawning gravels and nursery areas.

 

Recreation access - canoe portage at Morpeth log catcher; debris catchers obstruct at Morpeth & East Mills Weir bridge.

 

Flood barriers - Mitford (debris clearance).

 

Font - flow regulation/naturalisation.

 

Lower Wansbeck

 

Conservation/ protection of native crayfish population.

A

C

Potential impacts of development pressure.

 

Water quality - Pegswood STW (to be upgraded from 2017).

 

Mink (Bothal area).

 

Sheepwash weir - debris and trees.

 

Wansbeck Barrage (habitat connectivity & upstream siltation).

 

Upper Coquet & tributaries

 

Caistron - potential obstruction to fish passage at bridge; bank erosion.

 

A

Access into river by cattle.

 

Forestburn - road crossings impeding fish passage.

 

Restricted spawning gravels and nursery areas.

 

Forestry Clearances at Uswayford etc

 

Main Coquet & tributaries

Tyelaw Burn – water quality.

B+

A-

Thirston Burn.

A

Coquet Estuary

 

Amble weir - habitat connectivity & effects on fish passage.

 

B

Discharge of foul water onto foreshore at Warkworth.

Upper Blyth (& Pont)

Conservation/ protection of native crayfish population; threat and wider habitat impacts from Signal Crayfish.

 

A

Water is always coloured in upper Blyth.

 

Pont Transfer - habitat connectivity & obstruction to fish passage issues; effect of abstraction downstream.

 

Opportunity for a catchment scale project on the Pont/Blyth linked to Pont Transfer and Pont Ends proposals.

 

Lower Blyth

Humford Weir, Bedlington – obstruction to fish passage.

 

C

Fish counter - Hartford Gauging Station.

 

Lyne

Beach structure/dumping blocks habitat connectivity of ‘estuary’ & Beach pollution (legacy dumping).

 

A

Impact from previous open-cast on flow / quality.

 

Channel structure / riparian habitat.

 

Runoff (farm & highway).

 

Mid & Southern Coast & Coastal Streams

Horton Burn & Seaton Burn - potential impacts of development pressure.   Agricultural drainage.

A-

B

Briardene Burn - potential impacts of development pressure;

NW strategic survey underway.

C

Druridge streams.

B

Multi-catchment locations

Invasive non-native species - plants : strategy to ‘hold the line’.

 

B

Crayfish conservation (Pont, Blyth, Wansbeck, Aln & Ark site(s)

 

A

Need for improved information base, monitoring.

 

A+

Minewaters   (eg Hauxley, Coquet tribs ….)

 

B

 *** NB  

The suggested ranking of priorities as agreed by NRCP steering group (March 18).



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