Groundwater

Objective Target Action Partners Timescale Status
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together current research and data from a wide range of sources and relaying that evidence base back to relevant sources/stakeholders Identify current projects that are ongoing in the catchment, develop relevant synergies and identify gaps and areas of work that are not being addressed Adur and Ouse Partnership 2013-2015 In progress
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together current research and data from a wide range of sources and relaying that evidence base back to relevant sources/stakeholders Use an ecosystem service approach to communicate the need to address these gaps/areas of work not being addressed between all relevant stakeholders Adur and Ouse Partnership 2013-2015 Not yet started
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together current research and data from a wide range of sources and relaying that evidence base back to relevant sources/stakeholders Understand the principal sources of nitrates in groundwater that impact the 'chalk water quality ecosystem service' – delivered through the Nature Improvement Area surface-groundwater module, which will provide evidence of land use and groundwater interactions South Downs National Park Authority, Nature Improvement Area Partnership, Brighton Chalk Block Partnership 2013-2015 In progress
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together current research and data from a wide range of sources and relaying that evidence base back to relevant sources/stakeholders Investigate the impact that private sewage treatment works and septic tanks have on groundwater failing to achieve good status South Downs National Park Authority, Nature Improvement Area Partnership 2013-2015 In progress
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together current research and data from a wide range of sources and relaying that evidence base back to relevant sources/stakeholders Investigate the causes of increased groundwater turbidity (given the problems it can cause to water supply systems) and identify remedial catchment management schemes that enhance relevant ecosystem services Brighton Chalk Block Partnership 2013-2015 Not yet started
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together current research and data from a wide range of sources and relaying that evidence base back to relevant sources/stakeholders Consider the findings of the Brighton Chalk Block groundwater modelling (groundwater flow and recharge), including abstraction impact assessment on the Lewes Winterbourne and identify areas for further study or partnership working Brighton Chalk Block Partnership 2013-2015 Not yet started
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together current research and data from a wide range of sources and relaying that evidence base back to relevant sources/stakeholders Investigate the impact of abstraction from the Chalk on the scarp slope springs of the South Downs, drawing together the work of the Lewes Winterbourne/Brighton Chalk Block groundwater modelling, the Poynings Stream Restoring Sustainable Abstraction scheme and the independent work of Nigel Holmes Brighton Chalk Block Partnership 2013-2015 Not yet started
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together current research and data from a wide range of sources and relaying that evidence base back to relevant sources/stakeholders Investigate the impact of climate change on water resources in the Brighton Chalk Block. This will be undertaken by water companies through the production of their next Water Resources Management Plan Southern Water, South East Water 2013-2015 In progress
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together monitoring data from a wide range of sources Continue to deliver the Environment Agency monitoring action plan to improve the groundwater quality monitoring network used to classify the status of waterbodies Environment Agency 2013-2015 In progress
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together monitoring data from a wide range of sources Confirm which groundwater dependent terrestrial ecosystems need assessing, to understand the effects of groundwater abstraction on protected sites, and plan how required monitoring will be resourced Brighton Chalk Block Partnership 2013-2015 Not yet started
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together monitoring data from a wide range of sources Water companies to extend their monitoring suites to take account of land use in their catchments (with an emphasis on associated multiple ecosystem service benefits) including identifying emerging pollutants and urban influences on groundwater Southern Water, South East Water 2013-2015 Not yet started
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together monitoring data from a wide range of sources Consider whether additional monitoring is required to meet the groundwater status targets in the Adur and Ouse catchment, seek funding for new monitoring sites as required, and share data through the Adur and Ouse Partnership Environment Agency 2013-2015 In progress
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together monitoring data from a wide range of sources New data will be incorporated into future rounds of the South East River Basin Planning waterbody classification Environment Agency 2013-2015 In progress
All risks to groundwater quality and quantity will have been identified and communicated using the 'ecosystem approach' through sharing of evidence, leading to a good understanding of the functioning of the aquifers and ecosystem services Construct a robust evidence base by drawing together monitoring data from a wide range of sources Create an evolving evidence base that includes a focus on the status of relevant ecosystem services to inform water companies Periodic Review process   2013-2015 Not yet started
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Land use with an emphasis on practices that enhance multiple ecosystem services (with regards to groundwater quality) will be the leading practice of downland and headwater areas Farms in groundwater Safeguard Zones with rising nitrate levels are inspected to check compliance with best practice Environment Agency 2021-2027 Ongoing
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Land use with an emphasis on practices that enhance multiple ecosystem services (with regards to groundwater quality) will be the leading practice of downland and headwater areas Safeguard Zone Action Plan actions are identified to drive improvements in farming practice above best practice   2021-2027 Ongoing
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Land use with an emphasis on practices that enhance multiple ecosystem services (with regards to groundwater quality) will be the leading practice of downland and headwater areas Environment Agency's rural 'Oil Care Campaign' is delivered   2021-2027 Not yet started
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Land use with an emphasis on practices that enhance multiple ecosystem services (with regards to groundwater quality) will be the leading practice of downland and headwater areas Specific 'influencing actions' are developed through the developing work of the Nature Improvement Areas, the Biosphere Project and City & Downland Estate Policy   2021-2027 Not yet started
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Land use with an emphasis on practices that enhance multiple ecosystem services (with regards to groundwater quality) will be the leading practice of downland and headwater areas Production of case studies that identify how landuse type and land management influence ecosystem service provision, and identify criteria for their valuation   2021-2027 Not yet started
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Land use with an emphasis on practices that enhance multiple ecosystem services (with regards to groundwater quality) will be the leading practice of downland and headwater areas Higher level stewardship schemes are targeted using a weight of evidence approach, to ensure adoption of farming best practice in high-risk groundwater areas South Downs National Park Authority, Natural England 2021-2027 In progress
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Land use with an emphasis on practices that enhance multiple ecosystem services (with regards to groundwater quality) will be the leading practice of downland and headwater areas Develop a campaign to raise public awareness within farming and local communities, of the links between water coming out of the tap and local activities in rural areas Brighton Chalk Block Partnership 2021-2027 Not yet started
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Land use with an emphasis on practices that enhance multiple ecosystem services (with regards to groundwater quality) will be the leading practice of downland and headwater areas Delivery of a Brighton & Hove City Council/Environment Agency groundwater and agriculture project improving farming best practice and groundwater quality Brighton & Hove County Council, Environment Agency 2021-2027 In progress
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Urban pollution does not contribute to deterioration of groundwater quality Investigate and assess the potential pollution sources from infrastructure in urban centres. This includes surface water drainage from roads, industrial estates and commercial areas, public open space and residential areas (including private gardens)   2021-2027 Not yet started
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Urban pollution does not contribute to deterioration of groundwater quality Identify pollutant sources posing greatest risk of polluting groundwater and focus mitigation and remediation measures accordingly on a prioritised basis. This will be captured through Safeguard Action Plans   2021-2027 Not yet started
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Urban pollution does not contribute to deterioration of groundwater quality Work with industrial estate owners to identify and influence their drainage network and make improvements where required   2021-2027 Not yet started
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Urban pollution does not contribute to deterioration of groundwater quality Develop a campaign to raise public awareness within local communities, of the links between water coming out of the tap and local activities in urban areas Brighton Chalk Block Partnership 2021-2027 Not yet started
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Inform the Periodic Review 2014 (PR14) with regards to groundwater quality (and successive Periodic Reviews or equivalent thereafter) Help the development of water company asset management plans and water resources management plans to include catchment management options with an emphasis on enhancement of ecosystem services Environment Agency, Natural England, South Downs National Park Authority 2013-2015 In progress
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Inform the Periodic Review 2014 (PR14) with regards to groundwater quality (and successive Periodic Reviews or equivalent thereafter) Improve sewerage infrastructure through maintenance and/or sewer replacement to prevent leakage and associated groundwater contamination   2013-2015 Not yet started
More sustainable urban and rural land management will significantly reduce pollutants reaching groundwater such that diffuse pollution does not contribute to further deterioration of groundwater quality Inform the Periodic Review 2014 (PR14) with regards to groundwater quality (and successive Periodic Reviews or equivalent thereafter) Include groundwater quality environmental improvement schemes in the National Environment Programme to mitigate against impacts on groundwater from water company waste water treatment operations. For example include investigations, improvement actions, catchment management measures Environment Agency, Natural England, South Downs National Park Authority 2013-2015 In progress
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network Environment Agency delivers the Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy Update the Adur & Ouse Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy using available data to ensure the sustainable management of water resources within the catchment   2013-2015 Not yet started
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network Inform the Periodic Review 2014 (PR14) with regards to groundwater quantity (and successive Period Reviews or equivalents thereafter) Include water resources environmental improvement schemes in the National Environment Programme to mitigate against impacts on groundwater from water company abstractions. For example, include investigations, field trials, catchment management measures, options appraisal Environment Agency, Natural England, South Downs National Park Authority 2013-2015 In progress
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network Inform the Periodic Review 2014 (PR14) with regards to groundwater quantity (and successive Period Reviews or equivalents thereafter) Water companies meet leakage target levels set by Ofwat Southern Water, South East Water 2013-2015 In progress
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network Abstractions from groundwater are licensed and managed in a way that balances the need between water supply/ demand and the environment Environment Agency delivers the Restoring Sustainable Abstraction Programme, designed to address abstraction related risks and issues with abstraction licence holders. This involves investigations, options appraisal and potentially the implementation of measures to address problems Environment Agency, Southern Water, South East Water 2013-2027 In progress
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network Water companies deliver Asset Management Plan schemes to help manage water resources in a sustainable way Groundwater source enhancements Southern Water, South East Water 2013-2015 In progress
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network Water companies deliver Asset Management Plan schemes to help manage water resources in a sustainable way Lewes Winterbourne investigation for the Water Framework Directive – an investigation into the potential adverse impacts of abstraction on the Lewes Winterbourne Southern Water 2013-2015 In progress
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network Water companies deliver Asset Management Plan schemes to help manage water resources in a sustainable way Worthing-Brighton Chalk Block modelling – the development of a numerical model to help manage water resources across the respective Chalk blocks sustainably Southern Water 2013-2015 In progress
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network Water companies deliver Asset Management Plan schemes to help manage water resources in a sustainable way Household metering – an initiative to help reduce domestic consumption Southern Water 2013-2015 In progress
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network Water companies deliver Asset Management Plan schemes to help manage water resources in a sustainable way Poynings options appraisal – a scheme identifying the most sustainable options to reducing the impact of groundwater abstraction on the Poynings Chalk Stream South East Water 2013-2015 In progress
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network Water companies deliver Asset Management Plan schemes to help manage water resources in a sustainable way Water efficiency programme – an initiative to help reduce per capita consumption South East Water 2013-2015 In progress
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network A reduction in household and business demand in the water resource zones supplied by the Adur & Ouse sources driven by 'local sustainability initiatives' to Defra's aspirational target of 130 litres per head per day Complete Southern Water's household metering programme in the water resource zones supplied by the Adur and Ouse sources by 2015 Southern Water 2015-2021 In progress
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network A reduction in household and business demand in the water resource zones supplied by the Adur & Ouse sources driven by 'local sustainability initiatives' to Defra's aspirational target of 130 litres per head per day Complete South East Water's household metering programme in the water resource zones supplied by the Adur and Ouse sources by 2020 South East Water 2015-2021 In progress
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network A reduction in household and business demand in the water resource zones supplied by the Adur & Ouse sources driven by 'local sustainability initiatives' to Defra's aspirational target of 130 litres per head per day Develop a campaign to raise public awareness of efficient water use in domestic and business communities, such as where water comes from, demand management tips, and signposting for water efficiency incentives Brighton Chalk Block Partnership 2015-2021 Not yet started
Groundwater quantity within the catchment will be at sustainable levels, balancing both availability and demand within the context of an integrated supply network A reduction in household and business demand in the water resource zones supplied by the Adur & Ouse sources driven by 'local sustainability initiatives' to Defra's aspirational target of 130 litres per head per day Application of the 'One Planet' framework in relation to water sustainability, which includes local targets to reduce water consumption and increase efficiency and re-use   2015-2021 Not yet started

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