Evidence is a core part of integrated catchment management. Without it, we cannot make informed, fair and justifiable decisions on what the best courses of action and monetary investments are.  Evidence ranges from scientific monitoring data and academic research, to best practice techniques and local knowledge. Combining and scrutinising as wide an evidence base as possible allows us to better define and target many of the actions in our catchment plan.  It also allows us to develop actions with multiple benefits.

Knowing what evidence is available, and accessing it efficiently, can be a difficult task.  Information is held in different formats by different organisations, sometimes with licencing or Data Protection Act restrictions.  We would like to develop an evidence 'hub' to simplify the process of accessing relevant information.  To start this off we are compiling a list of Adur and Ouse catchment evidence and who it can be obtained from.

The Environment Agency's data sets for implementing the Water Framework Directive have been used as the primary evidence base for identifying our themes and activities.  The maps below show how the Adur and Ouse catchment is disected into waterbodies, each with a cassification status showing the health of that water.  The data that sits behind these classifications, and the Environment Agency's initial proposals on the actions needed to improve failing waterbodies has been summarised in Waterbody Summary Sheets.




Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.