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


Visit the Catchment Plan page to read about our aims, objectives and plans and find out more about how the partnership works.

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.