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Title: Avon and Erme : first annual review : February 2000
Author: Environment Agency
Document Type: Monograph
This is the First Annual Review of the Avon and Erme Action Plan. It introduces the Environment Agency and summarises progress made with actions. Previous publications relating to this catchment contain more detail; this review should be read in conjunction with these publications: Rivers Avon and Erme LEAP Consultation Report- January 1997; Avon and Erme Action Plan - December 1998. Good progress has been made in the first year of this management plan. Work is underway on over half of the actions and many have already been completed (see below). Some of the most important environmental improvements, however, are yet to come. We have negotiated some major improvements to 14 major sewage discharges across the catchment, which will take place over the next five years. The LEAP process has been crucial in identifying where improvements are most needed. These improvements to sewage discharges will place even more importance on tackling pollution from other sources, namely agriculture. A campaign aimed at improving the management of farm waste in the coastal area, was well received by farmers, with over 70% reporting that they would change the way that farm wastes were managed. More work is needed however, to tackle the problems of diffuse organic pollution, soil erosion and nutrient enrichment. Collaboration is required between the many organisations involved and the farming community, and the EA seeks funds for a project to do this.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 2000
Publication Place: Exminster
Subject Keywords: Local action plans (EA)RiversWaste disposalCatchment managementBiodiversityWater qualityEffluentsInvasive speciesEnvironmental managementEstuariesFish migration
Geographic Keywords: DevonErmeAvon (Devon)South Devon catchment
Extent: 40
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