Plans alone don’t change things, but plans and people do! The partnership has reviewed the best available evidence relating to the catchment, its key problems and their potential solutions, to inform our actions. We have liaised with a wide range of interest groups and local experts to agree a direction. Many of these interest groups will be involved, and supported, in carrying out actions. The plan sets out where we want to get to and by when.
The Broadland Catchment Partnership will co-ordinate these actions with partner organisations involved in delivery. The extent of involvement will vary depending on the specific action in question and in line with partners’ own plans, work programmes, statutory duties or members’ interests. Support from any local organisation, group, business or individual is encouraged and welcomed.
To meet the shared vision for the Broadland Rivers Catchment, our goals are to improve:
- Land management to reduce run-off, and soil, nutrient and pesticide loss, and to link habitats and access
- Waste water management to reduce nutrients in watercourses from public and private waste water
- Water management to increase water capture and water efficiency
- Flood risk management and sustainable drainage to reduce and slow run-off and increase aquifer recharge
- River and floodplain management to increase connectivity, reduce fish barriers and control invasive species
- Recreation and understanding to increase sustainable use of, and learning about, water and wetlands
- Investment to increase, combine and attract funding for projects
To achieve our goals we will encourage and promote:
- Uptake of cost-effective sustainable measures by individuals.
- Targeting of the right measures in the right places for multiple benefits.
- Close working between different organisations and groups.
By 2027, we want to see:
- Rivers and broads meeting requirements of European legislation and local aspiration.
- Nature conservation areas achieving national and European guideline standards.
- No raw water supplies regularly at risk of failing drinking water standards.
Visit the Broads Authority website to read the catchment plan in full.
The Broads Plan 2017 is the key strategic management plan for the Broads and is reviewed at least every five years. Climate change, sustainable management, and sustainable use and enjoyment are key themes. It includes actions for a range of organisations, based on partnership working and best use of shared resources.
Water is vital for drinking, growing crops and supporting industry. Most of us can reduce the amount of water that we waste, saving ourselves money, and benefiting rivers and internationally important wetlands. We also have the option to increase the amount of rainfall we capture or encourage it to go into the ground – using sustainable drainage systems – to replenish our vital groundwater aquifers.
Rivers and wetlands provide enjoyment for many people whether angling, canoeing or watching wildlife. Rivers receive our waste water and many have been modified for flood defence, milling and navigation purposes. There are opportunities in the upper, non-tidal areas to restore river reaches and even reconnect the floodplain – using low-cost techniques – where no flood risk to property occurs.
Land is essential for food and fuel, but it also provides other services to society including flood protection, freshwater provision, wildlife habitat and recreation. Managing land for these other services in targeted marginal locations, while supporting sustainable agriculture across the wider landscape, is the key to success.
River Basin Management Plan
The Anglian River Basin Management Plan published by the Environment Agency outlines work that a range of organisations will undertake within the region, including the Broadland Rivers Catchment, to comply with the Water Framework Directive, based on current status and reasons for failures. A draft plan for the period 2015-2021 was published in September 2014. ’Challenges and Choices’ provides a summary of issues, based on Environment Agency monitoring, and possible actions.
Water Company Business Plans
Anglian Water is the sole public sewerage provider in the catchment and also provides public drinking water supply to much of the catchment’s population. Its Business Plan (2015-2020) includes actions it will take to maintain and improve these services.
Essex and Suffolk Water provides public drinking water supply to parts of Norfolk and Suffolk in the east of the catchment. It is owned by Northumbrian Water and its Business Plan (2015-2020) contains the actions it will take to maintain and improve this service.