The Environment Agency is 'the leading public body for protecting
and improving the environment in England and Wales', with responsiblity
for air quality, conservation and ecology, especially along rivers
and in wetlands, water quality, resources and fishing, and waste
disposal. It is a non-departmental public body sponsored largely
by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
and the National Assembly for Wales (NAW).
East Regional office
In Wharfedale the Agency is involved with conservation and ecology
and sees its role as helping to create an environment where wildlife
can thrive, especially along rivers and in wetlands. It has carried
out surveys, including the Otter Survey and the River Habitat Survey
of England and Wales, whose results are presented on 'Riverside
Explorer', an educational CD-Rom. It has also managed a conference
on 'Management and Conservation of Crayfish', a species of local
and national concern, in 2002. During the summer of 2003 the Agency
carried out a survey to assess the current status of fish stocks
throughout North Yorkshire.
Survey of England 2000-2002
Survey North East region
The River Wharfe is extensively used for public water supply, both
from reservoirs and by river abstraction.At the same time, the Wharfe
and its tributaries are highly valued for nature conservation, ecology,
landscape and recreational opportunities, including high class game
and coarse fisheries. Changing climate patterns may increase the
pressure for water abstraction, with its effects on riverine wildlife.
Managing these, sometimes conflicting, requirements involves the
Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy, which affects part of
the Wharfedale Naturalists Society area.
and Lower Ouse Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy
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