Have Your Say on Improvements to Your Local Water Environment

Over the last six years, the Environment Agency has been involved in improving the local rivers, lakes and river estuaries within England. The aim of these improvements is to make better habitats for people and wildlife in which to live, work and use recreationally – generally promoting the sustainable use of our water environment.

Part of this process involves consulting with local people to ensure that the Environment Agency is doing the right actions in the right places. The Environment Agency is currently asking for your opinion on their current draft plans, which will be released and implemented later this year. This is your chance to get involved in what happens to your local water environment. The consultation can be found at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/update-to-the-draft-river-basin-management-plans.

Old Course River Nene, looking upstream. Image by Cambridgeshire ACRE

Old Course River Nene, looking upstream. Image by Cambridgeshire ACRE

Alternatively, if you find the online resources not to be helpful or prefer the old-fashioned approach of talking to someone face-to-face, the Environment Agency will be holding a series of local drop-in workshops to help with the consultation of this plan. The following workshops are available:

  • Thursday 26th February, 10am – 1pm at the Histon & Impington Royal British Legion, 22-24 Saffron Road, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9LJ, with focus on the Cam and Ely Ouse Catchment. This workshop will mainly focus on the Cam and Ely Ouse Catchment
  • Tuesday 3rd March, 10am -1pm at Mepal Outdoor Centre, Chatteris Rd, Mepal, CB6 2AZ. This workshop will mainly focus on the Old Bedford and Middle Level Catchment
  • Thursday 5th March, 10am – 1pm at the Greensand Trust’s Woodland Centre, Maulden Wood, Haynes West End, Bedfordshire, MK45 3QT. This workshop will mainly focus on the Upper and Bedford Ouse catchment
Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Area - Management Catchments. Source - The Environment Agency

Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Area – Management Catchments. Source – The Environment Agency

The workshops will mainly focus on one particular catchment, however, material for all the catchments will be available at all workshops and so please feel free to attend one that is most convenient. There is no need to book; however, to make sure the Environment Agency bring enough biscuits and documents along it may be helpful to contact Teresa Brown (contact details below) if you are interested in attending a workshop.

For further information, please contact Teresa Brown, Catchment Co-ordinator at the Environment Agency (Teresa.brown@environment-agency.gov.uk or 01733 464228).