The East Devon Catchment Partnership works together for the future health of the river catchments of East Devon. Established in 2014 under the Catchment Based Approach programme, the project works to promote a better understanding of the environment at a local level and deliver activities to help improve the local water environment.
The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) promotes collaborative working at a river catchment scale, delivering a range of environmental, social and economic benefits and protecting our precious water environments – providing us with the safe water we need for living, for our businesses and for recreation.
Within a river catchment, all rain and run-off water eventually flows to a river, the sea, or into a groundwater system. At approximately 750 sq.km, the East Devon catchment has a varied landscape draining to the rivers Exe, Otter, Sid, Axe and Lim.
Predominantly an agricultural landscape, with lowland cattle and sheep farms constituting 38% of the farming practice, there are a number of water problems affecting the Rivers Axe, Otter and Clyst – mainly related to manures, slurry and soil entering the river. Urban areas present water quality problems too, however the pressure from manure and slurry from farming is greater.
The East Devon Catchment Partnership promotes engagement, discussion and decision-making amongst community representatives, landowners and managers for wide benefits, including tackling diffuse agricultural and urban pollution.
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- To deliver positive and sustained outcomes for the water environment by promoting a better understanding of the environment at a local level
- To encourage local collaboration and more transparent decision-making when both planning and delivering activities to improve the water environment.
- 2014 – Project start date
The Partnership is hosted by Devon Wildlife Trust and is made up of the following partners:
Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership
Clinton Devon Estates
Devon Wildlife Trust
East Devon AONB Partnership
East Devon District Council
Exe Estuary Management Partnership
Exmoor Mires Partnership
Exmoor National Park
South West Water
Westcountry Rivers Trust
Collaborative working means that a diverse range of funds can be accessed, enabling the partnership to ‘get more for less’, deliver cost-effective improvements and maximize the multiple benefits for both people and the environment.