Guidance

Nutrient Management Plan: River Wye

Information on the Nutrient Management Plan that's being developed by the Environment Agency and Natural England for the River Wye.

Documents

River Wye Nutrient Management Plan final report

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River Wye Nutrient Management Plan: Action Plan

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Details

Working with Natural England and other partners, the Environment Agency has developed a Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) for the River Wye Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

The NMP identifies sources of nutrients that are entering the river and steps that can be taken to manage them. The aim of the plan is to manage nutrients in the River Wye SAC to enable growth in Herefordshire whilst conserving the river environment. We are asking for your views on the best ways of managing nutrients in the catchment.

For the River Wye SAC, the NMP focuses on sources of phosphates. High levels of phosphates in the SAC are threatening the development of the catchment and the wildlife in the rivers. The Environment Agency has been been working with Natural England to develop this plan in consultation with groups such as the National Farmers’ Union, the Country Land and Business Association and Welsh Water.

The NMP comprises of three parts:

  • evidence base (finalised)
  • options appraisal (finalised)
  • action plan (first iteration)

The action plan is in its first iteration and will be open to public consultation. The plan gives a broad approach to reducing phosphate levels across the River Wye catchment which will develop into specific measures at a local level through consultation with stakeholders.

For further information, contact Steve Foster, project lead on stephen.foster@environment-agency.gov.uk or by calling 03708 506 506 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm).

Published 8 October 2014
Last updated 17 November 2014 + show all updates
  1. Action plan document added.
  2. First published.