Coming soon in 2019..!!

The BCP will be reviewing and updating the priority themes and objectives for the Brent Rivers and Valleys. Working with all five London Boroughs where the tributaries and main River Brent system transport water from their upland springs to its confluence with the River Thames, we will revitalise and strengthen the ambitions for the River Brent in line with Defra policy, UK Regulations, overarching environmental principles and best practice.

 

Priority Themes

Since it's launch in 2014, the Brent Catchment Partnership website has been focused on 4 priority themes for improving the water environment (listed below). If you would like to contribute towards the development of themes and objectives or get involved in other ways to support River Brent improvements please get in touch via this link to our Contact Us page or via Twitter @YourRiverBrent.

Theme 1: Reducing Pollution

Objectives:

By 2021, water quality in the Brent catchment has improved and has a ‘moderate’ ability to support wildlife

By 2027, it will have a ‘good’ ability to support wildlife

Theme 2: Making Rivers More Natural

Objective:

By 2021, up to 10 kilometres of heavily modified river will be transformed to a more natural condition 

Theme 3: Tackling Invasive Non-native Species

Objectives:

By 2021,  decreasing density and distribution of invasive non-native species in chosen locations by at least 20% 

By 2017, having Giant Hogweed under a management programme in all parks, reserves and pathways

Theme 4: Creating Better Opportunities for Access and Recreation

Objectives:

By 2021, creating at least two new green spaces along the waterways in the Brent Catchment 

Completing a 24-mile riverside trail from Barnet to Brentford on the Thames

Creating or improving 12 miles of riverside access for walking, cycling and the disabled throughout the catchment

 

 Long Term Goal

Under UK (Water Framework Directive) Regulations, the Brent Rivers and Lakes, including its reservoirs and canal (artificial) water bodies, need to be restored to good ecological health by 2027. To measure progress towards these goals, the Environment Agency monitors the health of rivers, lakes and canals and reports on their ecological health as part of its duties. 

Where gaps in statutory monitoring exist, citizen science provides opportunities to work together, and gather evidence, to inform regulators, stakeholder organisations and local communities, supporting local partnership work and inclusive decision making.

 

A Healthy River

A healthy water body has thriving populations of fish, invertebrates, plants and diatoms (microscopic algae). They depend upon a healthy flow of water and a variety of natural habitats. All of these are affected by the levels of pollution and nutrients in the water, and the shape, structure and dynamic functions of the water body.

How Healthy Is the River Brent Catchment?

Right now, all of the rivers, lakes and canals in the Brent Catchment are considered to be in ‘moderate’ ecological health. Defra's Thames River Basin Management Plan has set out goals for all Brent Rivers and Lakes water bodies to achieve Good Ecological Potential by 2027. Details of classifications and objectives to support these goals are available at the EA Catchment Data Explorer website.

Pressure on the Brent river environment from the effects of pollution from multiple sources and physical modifications that have been made to the river channel and floodplain shape and structure, neglect and lack of visibility all contribute to the wellbeing of the River Brent system.

 A revitalised list of priority themes and objectives for 2019 and beyond, will take account of what is achievable for an urban river system such as the river Brent without reducing the ambition to restore elements that can support a healthy functioning ecosystem and provide vital environmental services for riverside and catchment communities.

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