Catchment Wise is our new approach to tackling water quality issues in lakes, rivers and coastal waters across the North West.
Building on the achievements of the Sustainable Catchment Management Programme (SCaMP), our initiative to improve raw water quality on our catchment land, Catchment Wise aims to drive a similar change around wastewater issues – sharing expertise about how land is used and managed across the region and tackling pollution at source to improve the quality of our water in lakes, rivers and the sea in the North West.
We realise that we can't deliver the improvements on our own. That's why a key part of Catchment Wise will be working in partnership with other organisations across the North West. As a first step we have provided additional funding to the 16 North West catchment partnerships - set up by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. Working with local stakeholders, the partnerships will set out a long-term programme of actions and interventions to improve the status of water bodies in their catchment.
Catchment Wise Intervention Fund
Earlier in the year we asked for applications to the Catchment Wise Interventions fund for projects that will help deliver a water quality improvements to help meet the Water Framework Directive “Good Status” and “Sufficient” Bathing Waters classification. The fund proved very popular and was more than two and a half times oversubscribed.
After a selection process including experts from the Environment Agency and United Utilities, fifteen projects have now been approved and all North West Catchment Partnership hosts will receive some funding. Projects range from physical interventions to awareness and engagement campaigns.
A number of applications submitted to the fund focused on tackling diffuse pollution from septic tanks. In order to get the best value from these projects we are in the process of developing a regional project to address this important issue across the North West, and encourage partnership working throughout the catchments.
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