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WFD Data & Resources

The primary driver for the Catchment Based Approach is the need for the UK to meets its water quality obligations under the Water Framework Directive. Though the partnership embraces the whole range of benefits derived from rivers, estuaries and their catchments, water quality is a key driver.

All the main rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters across the country are monitored and assessed by the Environment Agency as part of the Water Framework Directive. Under this directive, all waterbodies must reach good status. For waterbodies which are not yet at good status, the EA have identified ‘Reasons for Not Achieving Good’, highlighting the key industries, activities or pressures which are preventing the waterbody reaching ‘good’.

By identifying the waterbodies which are not reaching the target, and investigating the associated reasons, we can target our efforts and activities.

The following maps show WFD (Water Framework Directive) status of the rivers and estuaries in South Devon.

Overall Status

Ecological Status

Chemical Status

The following spreadsheets can be used to explore the WFD status and the ‘Reasons for Not Achieving Good’ for all the waterbodies which fall under the South Devon Catchments Partnership. Please read the first tab for instructions on how to use the spreadsheets to filter the data.

Download South Devon WFD Status

Download South Devon WFD Reasons for Not Achieving Good

Partnership Documents


We are undertaking a process of reviewing and updating the South Devon Catchments Partnership documents. As these reviews are completed, they will be added as links here. The following documents will be available:

A short statement summarising our key aims for the rivers, estuaries and catchments of South Devon, and how we can all enjoy the benefits they provide.

Terms of Reference
This document summaries the key aims, principles, contacts, roles and responsibilities, and routes of communication within the partnership.

Action Plan
This breaks down our aims into a set of clear and prioritised ambitions for South Devon

Project Pipeline
This spreadsheet provides details of planned projects, which are being developed to be ‘shovel-ready’ for an appropriate funding opportunity

Monitoring & Evaluation Plan
This plan sets out the ongoing monitoring of the environmental, social and economic outcomes of the partnership’s projects and activities

Communication & Engagement Plan
This document details our plan for engaging people with the work of the partnership, and with the environment of South Devon.

South Devon Evidence Review


In 2015, stakeholders and technical specialists came together to undertake a review of all the natural assets we have in South Devon, the benefits they provide us with, and the opportunities to improve or maximise these benefits. You can see the maps and read the review here.