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Blueprint for Water

Blueprint for Water seeks to restore the ecology of the UK’s rivers, lakes, ponds and wetlands by seeking improvements to water policy at an England level. The coalition campaigns for the five goals to sustainable water.

Chair: Hannah Freeman, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Vice Chair: Nathan Richardson, RSPB
Information and Policy Coordinator: Jodie Le Marquand, Link

Update from the group:

Link’s Blueprint for Water Group has held several meetings this month with officials and Government bodies to engage and offer thoughts on current progress of several reviews relating to the monitoring of water quality and quantity, the abstraction review and chemicals strategy.

This month, we launched a joint campaign with many eNGOs across Europe determined prevent the Water Framework Directive from being weakened. This remains important as we leave the European Union as it will likely be transposed into UK law. This campaign will continue with several themes into next Spring when the consultation period ends. Please read our pre-made consultation responses here and act now to protect our waters!

In September, the Blueprint for Water coalition - together with nine water companies - launched a set of shared principles. These principles pave the way for cross-sector collaboration to enhance and protect our water environment for the benefit of both people and wildlife. This is the first time water companies have agreed to work together ahead of business plans being published.

Water companies in England and Wales published their business plans for 2020 to 2025, as part of the ‘Price Review 2019’ (PR19), in September. The business plans will play a pivotal role in the stewardship of the environment. Blueprint for Water is currently analysing and assessing these business plans in relation to the Blueprint for PR19 campaign guidelines and the analysis will likely be published in November.

Water companies have published their Water Resource Management Plans (WRMPs) as part of the business plan process. Blueprint members have been assessing these plans against our key asks in Blueprint for PR19. This includes an initial assessment of draft plans by Nathan Richardson, Senior Policy Officer at RSPB and Vice Chair of the Blueprint Group. Additionally, the Group is working with the water industry on future wastewater plans.

For further information, contact Jodie Le Marquand, Link’s Information and Policy Coordinator.

Last updated: 6 November 2018