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1 this is the Yorkshire Derwent Every catchment has a story...

2 The management catchment Great landscape, conservation and amenity value, and attracts many tourists due to the National Parks Natural features such as Aysgarth Falls and historic sites such as Fountains Abbey. Extends from North Pennine Moors and the Yorkshire Dales down to the low-lying Vale of York in the south. Large rural areas of grassland and livestock farming, with several historic towns and cities. Whilst predominantly rural, there is significant industry in the smaller towns & villages towards the south.

3 Operational catchments For example, is the Foss Catchment, which flows from Oulston Reservoir near Easingwold to the confluence with the River Ouse in York. Our evidence shows the main failures relate to physical modifications to the rivers for urbanisation and transport, waste water treatment and agriculture and land management. The catchment summary and my Evidence Packs describe the proposed actions to address these failures It also shows our initial assessment of Cost Benefit.

4 State of the Environment We monitor the rivers, coasts and groundwater and classify them into good, bad and ugly. Here’s a graph which shows the status of these bodies of water in 2009 & 2013. Since 2009 we’ve made some changes to how we measure the state of the water bodies, we call this Cycle 2. A short description of what has changed is provided in the summary.

5 What are the problems?

6 Taking action Clearly with all these issues to tackle, action needs to be taken. We’ve identified a range of measures to take in this overall framework. This includes tackling fish passage, rural diffuse pollution projects and habitat restoration. If you want to see the detail its available from your Catchment Co- ordinator and in the Evidence Packs. Improve modified physical habitats Removal or easement of barriers to fish migration Removal or modification of engineering structure Improvement to condition of channel/bed and/or banks/shoreline Improvement to condition of riparian zone and /or wetland habitats Changes to operation and maintenance Vegetation management Managing pollution from waste water Reduce point source pollution pathways (i.e. control entry to the water environment) Mitigate/remediate point source impacts on receptor Manage pollution from towns, cities and transport Reduce diffuse pollution pathways (i.e. control entry to the water environment) Mitigate/remediate diffuse pollution impacts on the receptor Improve the natural flow and level of water Control pattern/timing of abstraction Manage pollution from rural areas Reduce diffuse pollution at source Mitigate/remediate diffuse pollution impacts on the receptor Manage pollution from mines Mitigate/Remediate point source impacts on receptor

7 Operational Catchment – Middle Swale If we take these actions it may cost £11.2 mil The benefits from these actions are valued at £18.9 mil Each £1 spent produces a benefit of £1.68p Net present value £7.7 million Benefit cost ratio 1.68 Present value benefits £18.9 million Present value costs £11.2 million

8 Objectives eg. Middle Swale

9 What’s been done already Since 2009 lots of work has been done. Defra made money available for: Ripon Multi Objective Project/Laver Restoration Project coordinates land management & habitat improvement work, including tree/hedge planting and farmer awareness raising to reduce sediment runoff. Reconnecting the Laver - removing weirs or installing fish easements to improve fish passage on the Laver & Kex Beck. On the River Skell, the design of fish easement over Mallorie Weir should be delivered soon. Peatland Restoration through the Yorkshire Peat Partnership. Bishopdale Beck - habitat improvement work to reduce poaching and address erosion to reduce sediment runoff. The Darley Beck Restoration Project - land management improvements to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff & improve habitat

10 Taking action together A whole host of people can be involved in making improvements. A key part of this is the Catchment Based approach. There is a catchment partnership for this catchment, the Dale to Vale Rivers Network, hosted by the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust. How to respond to RBMP Consultation: management-plans.

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