On Thursday 21st June 2018 the Aire and Calder Catchment Partnership (ACCP) launched version 2 of its Actionable Plan at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Pam Warhurst, Chair of South Pennines LNP and Pennine Prospects and Jeff Keenlyside, Chair of ACCP opened the event, which provided attendees an opportunity to look at the revised version and get an update of the ACCP’s activity throughout the last year.

At the launch we shared information on activities happening around the catchment with talks from a number of organisations. These included:

  • Jon Grey from Wild Trout Trust spoke about their work on river restoration and removing weirs along the River Aire – you can watch a time-lapse video of a recent weir removal
  • Geoff Roberts from the Aire Rivers Trust spoke about their work, including the DNAire project
  • Geoff Sweeny from the Calder and Colne Rivers Trust updated the group on their recent activity and identified priority weirs for removal – more info
  • Jeff Keenlyside spoke about the activity on the Holme and Colne, including the work of the Greenstreams Project which is led by Environment Kirklees Ltd based in Huddersfield and that of River Holme Connections
  • Richard Grayson at Leeds University updates ACCP on the iCASP project.

There was also a mapping workshop where two current web-mapping tools were presented:

  • Ellie Barham from YWT presented INNS Mapper, run by the Yorkshire Invasive Species Forum, which allows users to record sightings, absence data and (importantly) treatment data, as well as access information uploaded by other organisations and the general public throughout Yorkshire
  • Kathy Stevenson highlighted The Environment Agency web tool about identifying opportunities for Working With Natural Processes to reduce flood risk. This sits alongside the EA Evidence Directory for WWNP. More info can be found here, including guides on how to use it and click here for access to the web tool

Attendees then split off into groups to discuss the current mapping available and to identify gaps and opportunities. Gathering information on what partners felt would be valuable for the future and will drive a piece of work around information sharing by ACCP this year.

This event was to mark the launch of the updated Actionable Plan;

The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) embeds collaborative working at a river catchment scale to deliver cross cutting improvements to our water environments. In order to achieve this, the Actionable Plan was produced through consultation with representatives from community groups and professional partners during the period 2015 to 2018. The plan aims to help guide the work of the Aire and Calder Catchment Partnership (ACCP) and all those working in the area.

Please do have a look at the latest Actionable Plan (version 2) click here

Slides and other information from the event can be found on the ACCP Freedcamp web forum; if you haven’t already used it, please take a look and log in to the ACCP Forum group

The next ACCP Forum meeting is 10 October, 10 – 1230 at EA Lateral, Leeds.