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The Stour Catchment Initiative (SCI) is
a partnership involving a wide range of groups and organisations that share the
common aim of improving the water environment of the Stour. The partners work
collaboratively to ensure that the Stour catchment meets the needs of people
for water, food, industry and recreation whilst supporting the wildlife that
depends on it. (For more
information on catchments, see the related downloads section on the right.)
These pages are the home of the Stour
catchment plan and have been a collaborative effort by the SCI partners. They
outline the issues in the catchment and how we will improve the river for
people and wildlife. It will also help us to meet objectives under the Water
Framework Directive (WFD), a
European Union directive aiming to protect and improve all water environments,
including surface water and groundwater.
map below shows the Stour Catchment, its rivers, the water bodies that make up
the catchment, their status under WFD, and a brief description of
the sections of the catchment, the elements that influence the rivers and
consequently their status.