We have recently published Improving the physical condition of Scotland’s water environment. This supplementary plan supports the river basin planning process in Scotland by setting out the actions needed to address the impacts of physical changes to the water environment. These impacts include: culverting, engineered banks and shores, fish barriers and straightened channels, and affect around a quarter of Scotland’s rivers, lochs and coastal waters.
A number of organisations, such as SEPA, Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS), Forestry Commission Scotland and local authorities have responsibility for delivering the actions set out in the plan. It illustrates that delivering the required improvements in a co-ordinated partnership approach, can provide a range of environmental, social and economic benefits for Scotland.
In conjunction with the plan, we have published a digest of consultation responses. This summary report explains how comments we received have been used to help shape this finalised plan.
When we opened the consultation on this plan we also launched four pilot catchment projects. These projects are helping to develop our implementation approach, combining actions which improve the physical condition of the water environment and also deliver natural flood management measures. Progress updates on these projects can be found on our website.
We are also using the principles and strategic direction set out in this plan to develop the programme of measures for the second river basin management plans.