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The Broadland Rivers catchment is an iconic landscape covering 3188 km2 of relatively flat land predominantly in the county of Norfolk. The catchment is mostly rural used for arable farming practices with a few larger urban areas including Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Water is a scarce resource and is vital for the local economy through a variety of stakeholders including agriculture, industry, boating and angling. The catchment has a high density of nationally important protected sites, including the Broads and River Wensum Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), the Broadland Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar site and numerous SSSIs.

What will we achieve?

Scoping workshop

A workshop with stakeholders will develop a shared understanding of the water demand problem across sectors and will inform the preparation of a simple visual representation Read More

Water resource modelling

Simulation of current and future patterns of abstraction and water scarcity due to climatic uncertainty, with mapping of the timing and distribution of surpluses and deficits. Read More

Management strategy development

This task will develop and use a decision support model to explore the risks and opportunities associated with different options, helping to select Read More

Management strategy piloting

For this task a new water management and visualization approach for Broadland will be piloted and tested using desktop approaches. This will Read More

Who is involved?

The stakeholders will include local municipalities, county councils, municipal associations, planning authorities, government departments (e.g. DEFRA), Environment Agency, water utilities, drainage boards, Highways and Energy companies, Essex and Suffolk Catchment Partnership partners and sub-catchment organisations, Essex and Suffolk Water Abstractors Group (ESWAG), Rivers Trusts, Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, national and multi-national companies e.g. retailers, food and farming businesses, NFU and other agriculture and land management organisations, communities, general public (water users), citizen scientists and volunteers. This list is not conclusive – please do get in touch if you would like to be involved in the project.


  • Water for Tomorrow and its partners are hosting a 1 day event, on Tuesday 22nd March, World Water Day. Join us for a thought-provoking conference to explore innovative approaches to enable more responsive short-term management of drought events, and

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT BEFORE ACCESSING THE MAP GALLERY ​Abstraction is currently unsustainable in many of East Suffolk’s rivers and streams. The purpose of these maps is to provide information to abstractors on the scale of potential reductions

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