- Maintain and improve the quality of water in Staffordshire's rivers and streams so that they can support a higher biodiversity.
- Maintain existing important natural river features.
- Restore and create further 'natural' river features in key areas.
- Restore 30km of river corridor by 2010.
- Restore the Trent and Tame river corridors between Burton-upon-Trent and Tamworth (through the Central Rivers Project) to achieve multi-purpose use by 2018. Include provisions to increase the level of habitats in the area - in particular, lowland wet grassland, reedbeds and associated woodlands to specifically meet the regional habitat / species action plan targets.
Ensure that all rivers reach their appropriate Statutory Water Quality Objectives (SWQOs) by 2010.
Install 50km of riverside fencing by 2010.
Create 50 off-channel and in-channel features by 2010.
50km of river with bank side re-profiling by 2010.
Total achievements to date (November 1998 - March 2001)
- Hanson Aggregates, Environment Agency, BTCV and National Forest Tender Schemes have restored 7.65km of river corridor at various locations.
Protection and Policy
Management, Research and Survey
- EA departments manage rivers to balance interests of conservation, water resources, flood defence, pollution control fisheries and sustainable development. LEAPs provide a framework for public consultation regarding management work based on major river catchment areas.
- Statutory Water Quality Objectives (SWQOs) are set for all river stretches.
Agri-environmental grant schemes e.g. Countryside Stewardship (DEFRA) provide incentives for conservation based management of river corridors. FWAG, SWT (Otter & Water Vole Project) and RSPB also provide recommendations for landowner management options.
A 'Restoring Power to the Wetlands' project (managed by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and funded by Powergen) operates in the east of Staffordshire.