River Basin Management Planning Update January 2020 – Significant Water Management Issues for Scotland

Scotland is renowned worldwide for the quality of its rivers, lochs, wetlands and seas. They are some of the country’s greatest natural assets; attracting visitors, contributing to the health and well-being of its people, supporting a rich diversity of wildlife and providing for the sustainable growth of its economy.

Protecting and restoring our water environment to build resilience to the effects of climate change is essential to allow Scotland to prosper.

The River Basin Planning framework is a key tool that will help tackle these challenges in Scotland. The Significant Water Management Issues report is an important part of this process, as it proposes the main issues which need to be tackled in the in the 3rd River Basin Plan, between 2021 and 2027. Addressing these issues will bring wider benefits and increase resilience to climate change.

SEPA have now published the Significant Water Management Issues for Scotland consultation. It is supported by a report of the condition of the water environment and the progress made towards achieving our improvement targets set for 2021 and 2027.

Significant Water Management Issues for Scotland Consultation
Scotland’s water environment 2019: A summary and progress report

This consultation runs from 19 December 2019 to 19 June 2020.

This consultation covers the whole of Scotland. Cross border issues are covered in the Solway Tweed consultation.

The easiest way to view it and submit a response is via the online consultation tool. SEPA anticipate it will take an hour to read, digest and respond to the consultation. There is only one question at the end of the report.

If you are unable to access the online tool, you can respond by email to rbmp@sepa.org.uk or by writing to SEPA at: SEPA RBMP Unit, Strathallan House, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK9 4TZ

The Environment Agency have also launched a consultation seeking views on the challenges the water environments face and the choices needed to improve and protect this vital and precious resource in England; Water Challenges and Choices Consultation.

If you have any queries please get in touch via: rbmp@sepa.org.uk