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Useful Catchment management links

Environment Agency and Defra links

Professional Bodies

    Professional and examining body for scientists, engineers, other environmental professionals, students and those committed to the sustainable management and development of water and the environment.
  • Eureau
    European Union of national associations of water suppliers and waste water services.
  • institute of civil engineers
    Information on current issues in civil engineering.
  • institute of water
    Site offers water industry news and current events and water-related links.
  • IWA
    Site contains publishing, IWA and industry news, details of events and an online catalogue of publications.
  • Water Engineering and Development Centre
    Website gives details of research on emergency relief for refugees, knowledge transfer, solid waste management, transport, urban services and water and sanitation.
  • water UK
    Industry association that represents all UK water and wastewater service suppliers at national and European level.
  • Water Quality Association
    Information on product testing and professional certification of all water users. Consumer questions and concerns about drinking water, regarding health quality and taste issues. Including the 2001 National consumer water quality survey and WQA's glossary of terms.

Government organisations

  • British Waterways
    Responsible for maintaining the UK's inland waterway network.
  • Communities and local government
    Communities and Local Government department
  • WRAP
    Delivers a valuable government-funded programme of free, confidential advice to UK businesses. This assistance enables companies to increase profitability and reduce environmental impact.
  • European Environment Agency
    Provides decision-makers with the information needed for making effective polices to protect the environment and support sustainable development.
  • Forestry Commission
    The government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain's forests and woodlands. Their responsibilities span research, commercial timber production, sustainability programmes and policy, as well as learning and leisure.
  • JNCC
    The Government's wildlife adviser.
  • Marine Management Organisation
    The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has been established to make a significant contribution to sustainable development in the marine area and to promote the UK government’s vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas.
  • Natural England
    Works for people, places and nature, to enhance biodiversity, landscapes and wildlife in rural, urban, coastal and marine areas; promote access, recreation and public well-being; and contribute to the way natural resources are managed so that they can be enjoyed now and in the future.

Useful journals

Campaigns and Charities

  • Surfers against sewage
    Campaigns for clean recreational water, free from sewage effluents, toxic chemicals, nuclear waste and marine litter.
  • Water aid
    Giving the world's poor access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.


  • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
    Undertakes and disseminates research into the natural changes in and human impact on water resources, including groundwater, and advises government.
  • Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
    Aquatic scientific research and consultancy centre.
  • Foundation for Water Research
    Shares and disseminates knowledge about water, wastewater and related environmental issues. Contains forums on Cryptosporidium, Environmental Economics, Eutrophication, Groundwater and Wastewater. The site also includes website links, acronyms and FWR publications.
  • River Science Network
    A web resource and moderated email distribution list that aims to encourage knowledge exchange and networking amongst individuals who share a common interest in river science


  • British Hydrological Society
    The Society caters for those with an interest in the inter-disciplinary subject of hydrology, and aims to promote interest and scholarship in scientific and applied aspects of hydrology and to foster the involvement of its members in national and international activities.
  • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
    Research and monitoring in terrestrial and freshwater environments.
  • UNESCO water portal
    The UNESCO Water Portal's objective is to improve access to information on freshwater on the web. See the side bar for links to useful related sites, such as IHP (International Hydrological Planning) and the Glossary of Hydrology.
  • NORA
    Holds outputs from a number of research centres, including the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory.
  • UK Climate Impacts programme
    Coordinates scientific research into the impacts of climate change.
  • UK Water Industry Research
    Set up to provide a framework for the procurement of a common research programme for UK water operators on 'one voice' issues.
  • Water Environment Research Foundation
    American organisation providing wastewater and water quality research. Subscription is necessary to access most information.


  • Chronology of British Hydrological Event
    Public repository for hydrological facts of the type that come from texts rather than tables.
  • Ciria - SUDS
    Promoting good practice in the implementation of sustainable drainage in the built environment.
  • National river flow archive
    The NRFA collates, quality controls, and archives hydrometric data from gauging station networks across the UK including the extensive networks operated by the Environment Agency (England), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Rivers Agency (Northern Ireland).
  • Royal geographical society
    Professional body for geography.
  • World meteorological organisation
    The UN's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.

Water Industry

  • Consumer Council for Water
    Represents water and sewerage consumers in England and Wales.
    Economic regulator for the water and sewerage industry in England and Wales.
  • Water Guide
    Information on all the UK water companies.
  • Waterwise
    Promotes water efficiency.

English water companies