In December 2009, we published river basin management plans (RBMPs) covering the water environment of England and Wales. The plans outlined what would be done to protect and improve the water environment. We are now reviewing and updating the plans, and will publish the revised plans in December 2015.
In developing the plans, we hold formal consultations at three points in the river basin management planning process. These consultations help raise awareness of the challenges facing the water environment and influence decisions on how to tackle them.
Working Together consultation
The Working Together consultation (June 2012 to December 2012) asked how we should work with a wide range of groups and individuals to deliver the current river basin management plans and develop the second river basin management plans.
Challenges and Choices consultation
The Challenges and choices consultation (June 2013 to December 2013) asks for your views on what you think are the most significant issues for each river basin district in England. There is also a national consultation (June 2013 to September 2013) covering all of England’s waters.
Draft river basin management plans
The draft plans will ask you to consider the issues, the current and possible future actions to protect and improve the water environment, and the outcomes that are worth achieving.
Catchment based approach: catchment plans
As part of the catchment based approach, some catchment partnership groups may produce local action plans that will be referred to, or used to inform the statutory river basin management plans.
River basin planning consultation documents
You can find previous river basin planning consultation documents in our publications catalogue: