Priority catchments

Diffuse Pollution in the Rural Environment

A programme of rural diffuse pollution work started in March 2010, to help deliver the objectives outlined in the River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) for the Scotland and Solway-Tweed river basin districts

Diffuse pollution priority catchments have been identified by SEPA as catchments failing to meet environmental standards. Each catchment has a dedicated coordinator who is responsible for liaising with local land managers, organising visits and ensuring measures are implemented where non-compliances are identified as detailed within the Rural Diffuse Pollution Plan for Scotland. This approach was agreed in partnership with the Diffuse Pollution Management Advisory Group (DPMAG).

Due to the progress made the programme was significantly expanded in 2015 and an updated Diffuse pollution plan published in 2017.

The first and second cycles of the RBMP identified 57 priority catchments containing some of Scotland’s most important waters (for conservation, drinking water, bathing and fishing), using a risk-based approach for action.

The priority catchments

SEPA has appointed dedicated priority catchment co-ordinators to investigate the issues each catchment faces and liaise with local land managers to implement the measures. The priority catchment work is a key element of the Rural Diffuse Pollution Plan for Scotland.
 
The priority catchments identified for this work are listed below along with the lead contact from SEPA.

Catchment

Cycle

Lead

Contact email

Dee

1

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

Deveron

1

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

Ugie

1

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

Buchan

1

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

Stonehaven Coastal

2

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

Nairn

2

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

Lossie

2

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

Moray

2

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

Banff Coastal

2

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

Inverness Coastal

2

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

Cromarty Coastal

2

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

Don

2

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

Ythan

2

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

Wick and Thurso

2

Peter Wright

peter.wright@sepa.org.uk

River Ayr

1

Bruce McCleary

bruce.mccleary@sepa.org.uk

River Doon

1

Bruce McCleary

bruce.mccleary@sepa.org.uk

North Ayrshire Coastal

1

Bruce McCleary

bruce.mccleary@sepa.org.uk

Irvine

1

Bruce McCleary

bruce.mccleary@sepa.org.uk

Garnock

1

Bruce McCleary

bruce.mccleary@sepa.org.uk

Girvan

2

Bruce McCleary

bruce.mccleary@sepa.org.uk

Eye Water

1

Wull Dryburgh

will.dryburgh@sepa.org.uk

River South Esk (Tayside)

1

Wull Dryburgh

will.dryburgh@sepa.org.uk

River Tay

1

Wull Dryburgh

will.dryburgh@sepa.org.uk

River Tweed (Lower)

2

Susan Arnott

susan.arnott@sepa.org.uk

River Tweed (Upper)

2

Susan Arnott

susan.arnott@sepa.org.uk

Whiteadder Water

2

Susan Arnott

susan.arnott@sepa.org.uk

East Lothian Coastal

2

Susan Arnott

susan.arnott@sepa.org.uk

River Esk (Lothian)

2

Susan Arnott

susan.arnott@sepa.org.uk

River Tyne

2

Wull Dryburgh

will.dryburgh@sepa.org.uk

River Eden

2

Wull Dryburgh

will.dryburgh@sepa.org.uk

North Fife Coastal

2

Wull Dryburgh

will.dryburgh@sepa.org.uk

South Fife Coastal

2

Wull Dryburgh

will.dryburgh@sepa.org.uk

Dighty Water

2

Wull Dryburgh

will.dryburgh@sepa.org.uk

Dundee Coastal

2

Wull Dryburgh

will.dryburgh@sepa.org.uk

River Leven

2

Wull Dryburgh

will.dryburgh@sepa.org.uk

Galloway Coastal

1

Jackie McColm

jacqueline.mccolm@sepa.org.uk

Stewartry Coastal

1

Jackie McColm

jacqueline.mccolm@sepa.org.uk

River Dee (D&G)

2

Jackie McColm

jacqueline.mccolm@sepa.org.uk

River Urr

2

Jackie McColm

jacqueline.mccolm@sepa.org.uk

Dumfries Coastal

2

Jackie McColm

jacqueline.mccolm@sepa.org.uk

Lochar

2

Jackie McColm

jacqueline.mccolm@sepa.org.uk

River Annan

2

Jackie McColm

jacqueline.mccolm@sepa.org.uk

Annan Coastal

2

Jackie McColm

jacqueline.mccolm@sepa.org.uk

Gretna Coastal

2

Jackie McColm

jacqueline.mccolm@sepa.org.uk

River Esk (Solway)

2

Jackie McColm

jacqueline.mccolm@sepa.org.uk

Earn Coastal

2

TBC

nationalrural@sepa.org.uk.

River Earn

2

TBC

nationalrural@sepa.org.uk.

Stirling Coastal

2

TBC

nationalrural@sepa.org.uk.

River North Esk (Tayside)

2

TBC

nationalrural@sepa.org.uk.

Lunan Water

2

TBC

nationalrural@sepa.org.uk.

River Forth

2

TBC

nationalrural@sepa.org.uk.

Forth Estuary (South Coastal)

2

TBC

nationalrural@sepa.org.uk.

River Almond

2

TBC

nationalrural@sepa.org.uk.

 

Compliance with environment legislation relating to diffuse pollution has increased significantly following implementation. By working with farmers, land managers and representatives from the sector the benefits to reaching compliance and beyond can be highlighted resulting in both improvements to the environment and business. Follow up compliance visits in the catchment monitor the progress that is made and where uptake in compliance is slow, officers work with the businesses concerned. 

All rural land users have a responsibility to ensure they are working in line with the Diffuse Pollution General Binding Rules (DP GBRs) under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.  Details of the GBRs relevant to diffuse pollution are available on the Farming and Water Scotland website and other associated guidance is available below:

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