Environment Agency Strategic Monitoring Review – Welland Catchment Prototype

You may remember the presentation to us at the WVP meeting on 25 September and 20th October from Dr Chris Extence & Simon Bonney on potential changes to the Environment Agency monitoring programme, the Strategic Monitoring Review.

To refresh your memory, this will provide a water quality (chemical and biological) programme in 18/19 that is based on available funding. It will be the first phase towards what may be a smaller national, fixed network, and larger local ‘agile’ monitoring programme in future years. The Welland is one of 4 catchments nationally, where the Agency want to see what such a local programme may look like. The programme will deliver local priorities, but within a national framework.

There will still be national fixed priorities that will need to be delivered (such as evidence to support the PR19 / AMP programme). This fixed national programme, called “Sentinel”, will be commissioned nationally and will be consistent across the country, but will be a smaller monitoring programme than it is today. The local programme “ Agile” will be predominantly commissioned locally with stakeholders, and will be the evidence needed to solve local problems and deliver joint outcomes.

As Welland Valley Partners, we are asking for your assistance in informing the Agile programme for the Welland Catchment. The EA’s own ecology team will also be contributing ideas on future look of the Agile monitoring programme.

To assist you in informing the Agile monitoring programme, I have attached a number of maps showing where the EA is currently sampling, as well as a blank map for you to use.

Could you please help us by:

  • Informing us if you / your organisation are willing to take on any of the existing sampling, either data collection or data collection and analysis.
  • Showing where you /your organisation are already collecting data that could be shared.
  • Where you would like to see the EA collect data, and for what and how often.
  • Where you could see automatic data collection being used, such as water quality probes linked to telemetry.

When answering these questions, please be as innovative as you wish. For instance do we do away with water quality monitoring altogether for the Agile programme and use the resource to collect and analyse more invertebrate data, do we want to “ blitz” an area once a year and remove that resource from elsewhere in the catchment, should we collect Soil Organic Carbon data instead of something else? Should we do more or less of any particular element, could farmers be supplied with soil analysis equipment if they were willing to report it? There are no right or wrong suggestions.

Please could you respond back to myself or Simon Bonney by January 26th 2018. Electronic copies of the maps are available below.


Geoff Gilfillan Welland River Trust Project Officer  07774 842229 ggifillan@gwct.org.uk

Simon Bonney Environment Agency Catchment Co-ordinator 07885 676556 simon.bonney@environment-agency.gov.uk


Lower Welland & Glens Catchment Template

Lower Welland & Glens CHEM monitoring

Lower Welland & Glens Fish monitoring sites

Lower Welland & Glens Invertebrate monitoring

Lower Welland & Glens macrophyte monitoring

Lower Welland & Glens Phytoplankton monitoring sites

Upper Welland Catchment template

Upper Welland CHEM monitoring

Upper Welland Fish monitoring

Upper Welland Invertebrate monitoring

Upper Welland Macrophyte monitoring

Upper Welland Phytoplankton monitoring