27 April 2010
Lessons for water management reform from three English rivers
In 2009, a number of key plans were finalised that will impact on how water is managed for years to come: the 2009 Periodic Review of Water Company prices; the Water Framework Directive River Basin Management Plans; and the 25 year Water Resource Management Plans.
This report focuses on the impact of these plans on unique chalk streams under stress – the Itchen, the upper Kennet and the tributaries of the upper Lee (the Mimram and the Beane). We look at the outcomes for each to understand whether government, regulator and water company plans will restore and protect these important rivers for people and nature. On the basis of the assessment of the decisions made through these planning processes, we develop conclusions and lessons for future reform.