To facilitate our priorities in the Somerset catchments we have developed Strategic Goals which have been agreed by the Steering Group as a framework for partnership working and project development. The Partnership used the best available data and technical knowledge from our members to identify issues and priorities.

We have recognised the many challenges facing the future health of our water environment and have identified five strategic goals to facilitate partner working to achieve multi-benefits at reduced costs. Our strategic goals are:

  • Improve land management and sustainable agriculture to reduce soil erosion, nutrient and pesticide loss;
  • Improve waste water management to reduce nutrients in watercourses from public and private waste water;
  • Restore functional ecosystems and connected habitats to benefit people, wildlife and fisheries;
  • Improve water and flood risk management by using and restoring natural processes; and,
  • Work with stakeholders to identify barriers to positive change and find solutions.


Delivering the Action Plan

We will address the strategic goals through the Action Plan. We are delivery orientated and we will work to deliver our strategic goals. Current priorities are based on the data and evidence held by the Partnership and are dependent on stakeholders reporting back to the Partnership.

The Action Plan recognises, coordinates and promotes the local priorities to adopt and deliver best practice for sustainable water management. It also recognises the difference between the catchments in Somerset and therefore Catchment Strategies are developed to support the Action plan on a local watershed. It is a non-statutory overarching plan that integrates partners’ programs to provide a joined-up approach to delivering environmental improvements by adding to existing value and creating synergy to existing works. It is a dynamic document that will evolve as the partners deliver works and is not just Water Framework Directive focused. It will define and exemplify the role of the Catchment Partnership. The Catchment Strategies are being developed independently and have their own timescale and priorities. Currently the Brue and Tone Catchment Strategies are being developed:

  • Tone Catchment Strategy
  • Brue Catchment Strategy
  • Axe Catchment Strategy
  • West Somerset Streams Catchment Strategy
  • Severn Estuary Strategy

You can find outlines of the above strategies on the Catchments page by clicking here.

The Catchment Partnership will develop and review the actions through improving the consistency of data and evidence, communication strategy, monitoring & evaluation programme and a grant scheme. These elements are the working streams to the Action Plan aiming to support partners’ Actions.

An Action Plan Overview is available for download, please click on the following linK

The Partnership is currently supporting the following actions:

You can download a pdf copy of the above map by clicking here




Click here to go back to the Somerset Catchment Partnership homepage to learn more about an aspect of the partnership, or go directly to the 'Somerset Catchment Grants' page