Members of the public are invited to help shape the future of our water environment and that means a lake, river, stream or pond near you!
Anyone can comment on the ‘Working Together’ consultation document published by the Environment Agency that aims to improve the health of water bodies for the benefit of communities, businesses and wildlife across the region.
The water environment includes river catchments, stillwaters such as lakes, canals and ponds and groundwater.
The South West has its own river basin management plan that needs to be updated by 2015 along with plans from the other regions in England and Wales under the Water Framework Directive Regulations 2003. The ‘Working Together’ consultation can be found at https://consult.environmentagency.gov.uk/portal/ho/wfd/working/together2012
‘This consultation is important because it gives anyone with an interest in the water environment an opportunity to comment and help develop an ambitious and sustainable river basin plan for the South West. We are keen to involve people as much as possible in the planning process,’ said Jeremy Bailey for the Environment Agency.
The formal closing date is December 22, 2012, but it would help if people submitted their comments as soon as possible. They can complete a comment form online or alternatively, email the Environment Agency at email@example.com or in writing to Jeremy Bailey, Environment Agency, Manley House, Kestrel Way, Exeter EX2 7LQ.
Copies of the ‘Working Together’ publications are also available on the Agency’s website or by contacting the National Customer Contact Centre on 03708 506506.