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River basin management plans (RBMPs)

RBMPs are documents which set out the way we work with partners to improve the water environment for the future.

RBMPs set statutory objectives for river, lake, groundwater, estuarine and coastal water bodies and summarise the measures needed to achieve them. Because water is linked to land, they also inform decisions on land-use planning.

RBMPs are drawn up for the 10 river basin districts in England and Wales as a requirement of the water framework directive. The Dee and Western Wales river basin districts are now managed by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

The Solway Tweed river basin district, which includes catchments in England and Scotland, is jointly managed by the Environment Agency (EA) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). The Solway Tweed river basin management plan is available from the SEPA website.

Consultations

The plans have been developed through consultations with organisations and individuals. They contain the main issues for the water environment and information on what we all need to do to tackle these issues.

The Environment Agency consultation on updates to the current plans ended on 10 April 2015. A summary document was published in July 2015.

Learn more about the river basin management plan consultation.

The NRW consultation on the draft updates to the Dee and Western Wales RBMPs has also ended.

Learn more about the river basin district consultations in Wales.

The Solway Tweed river basin district is jointly managed by the EA and SEPA. The consultation to inform the second river basin management plan launched on 20 November 2014, was open for a period of 6 months.

Current river basin management plans

  1. Anglian district river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  2. Humber district river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  3. Northumbria district river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  4. North West district river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  5. Severn district river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  6. South East river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  7. South West river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  8. Thames river basin management plan

    • Policy paper