Where we’re working

This catchment covers parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and is home to over 30 chalk streams including the Lark and Wissey. It is an area characterised by chalk lands in the south, the Brecklands in the north and fenland to the west.

The River Great Ouse is the backbone of the catchment, with three of its four main tributaries, the Lark, the Little Ouse and the Wissey, branching out into the east. In the south of the catchment, the River Cam is the main river that flows through Cambridge.

Over 80% of rivers in the catchment are failing to achieve healthy status, which is required by the Water Framework Directive. Rural pollution and other sources contributes to over half of these failures. The work WaterLIFE is doing aims to reduce this pressure affecting the catchment’s health.

What we’re doing

WaterLIFE is working with the CamEO Catchment Partnership and Coca-Cola to show how Water Stewardship can help improve the health of the catchment. You can find out more about how Coca-Cola is involved with WaterLIFE by visiting the ‘background‘ section of the site.

Over the next 18 months we will:

  • Work directly with farmers in the catchment to help deliver water sensitive practices that will reduce the pollution currently harming the catchment’s chalk streams. This will include on-farm interventions, such as installing silt traps to reduce sediment running off fields into rivers.
  • Share the lessons and results of this approach with farmers, businesses and government through workshops, case studies and visits, to prompt further action by others.

You can find more information about the catchment on the CamEO Catchment Partnership website.

CamEO Winter Conference

The CamEO Winter Conference earlier this month brought together 100 delegates to celebrate catchment successes over the past year and identify opportunities to replicate these over the next year. There was a diverse range of topics, including how to generate local action, conflict between water users and water governance.

The WaterLIFE session focused on:

  • Business risk
  • How to mitigate it – the role of Water Stewardship and CaBA
  • Upcoming delivery on the ground to demonstrate the approach

For more information, please download the presentation

Speaker presentin to delegates at the CamEO Winter Conference
Delegates at the CamEO Winter Conference