LEAF is the leading organisation promoting sustainable food and farming. They help farmers produce good food, with care and to high environmental standards, identified in-store by the LEAF Marque logo.
The Sustainable Catchment Management Programme (SCaMP) aims to apply an integrated approach to catchment management across all of the 56,385 hectares of land United Utilities own in the North West, which they hold to protect the quality of water entering the reservoirs.
Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) raises awareness of diffuse pollution from agriculture by giving free training and advice to farmers in selected areas in England. The aim of the advice is to improve the environmental performance of farms.
Water Quality Catchment Approach provides an integrated understanding and evidence for pollution management on sites which have been identified as failing to meet their required water quality or ecological objectives.
Using effective engagement techniques, a community-based monitoring (citizen science) approach has been implemented within the rural 42km2 Haltwhistle Burn Catchment in Northumberland.
To make our rivers and streams clean again, we need to be able to work out where the pollution is coming from. SCIMAP is a risk-mapping framework designed to identify where in the landscape diffuse pollution is most likely to be originating.
The Source Apportionment-GIS (SAGIS) Tool quantifies the loads of pollutants to surface waters in the UK from 12 point and diffuse sources, including wastewater treatment works discharges, intermittent discharges from sewerage and runoff, agriculture, soil erosion, mine water drainage, septic tanks and industrial inputs (UKWIR project WW02).
The River Habitat Survey is a methodology for recording habitat features for wildlife that was designed by the Environment Agency, England and Wales and has since been applied in many other countries.
While there is now a wealth of data sources available to help characterise our river catchments and prioritise where to start tackling issues, there is no substitute to getting out on the ground and undertaking a walkover survey to properly understand the local environment.