The Dorset Catchment Partnerships have recently responded to the Environment Agency's Challenges and Choices consultation. Our response reflects a range of views from across the partnership, and partners were encouraged to submit their own responses in addition. You can read the Catchment Partnership's response here.
The Stour catchment initiative (SCI) is a partnership involving a wide range of groups and organisations that share the common aim of improving the water environment of the Stour. The partners work collaboratively to ensure that the Stour catchment meets the needs of people for water, food, industry and recreation whilst supporting the wildlife that depends on it.
A collaborative effort by the SCI partners, this section outlines the issues in the catchment and how we will improve the river for people and wildlife. It will also help us to meet objectives under the Water Framework Directive (WFD), a European Union directive aiming to protect and improve all water environments, including surface water and groundwater.
The map below shows the Stour catchment, its rivers, the water bodies that make up the catchment, their status under WFD, and a brief description of the sections of the catchment, the elements that influence the rivers and consequently their status.