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Posted by Ilse Steyl Posted on 2016-03-01

River Basin Management Plans published

The final River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) were published on 18 February 2016 and include Catchment Pages - recognising the importance of the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) to river basin management, including the implementation of measures. These plans are an update to the plans published in 2009.

A RBD covers an entire river system, including river, lake, groundwater, estuarine and coastal water bodies. The RBD RBMPs are designed to protect and improve the quality of our water environment.

Good quality water is essential for wildlife, agriculture and business to thrive. And is one of the means for boosting regeneration (both structural and economic), recreation and tourism.

These updated 2015 plans build on the work already done to protect and improve over 9,320 miles of our rivers over the last 5 years. They set out how a minimum of 680 (14%) of waters will improve over the next 6 years from around £3 billion investment. The RBMPs support the government’s framework for the 25-year environment plan and will allow local communities to find more cost-effective ways to take action to further improve our water environment.

The Crane catchment is incorporated within the Thames river basin district.

Use RBMPs if you need:

  • information on the plan for the protection and improvement of the water environment
  • to know how future plans may affect an industry sector and its obligations
  • to ensure a development proposal considers the requirements of the RBMP
  • to apply for an environmental permit
  • to contribute to the delivery of the plan or maximise potential funding for a project