Our Mission

Our aim is to have healthy rivers, streams and canals throughout the Kennet catchment.

The Kennet Catchment has been dramatically affected by human activities over the past 50 years. The M4 motorway has driven urban development and a trebling of the population, while agriculture has seen a major switch from pasture to arable, with a trebling of the cultivated land area.

The re-opening of the Kennet and Avon canal in 1990 has added further pressure on the river’s water quality and wildlife.

Water Framework Directive (WFD) Classification

Using the Water Framework Directive, water quality and biological monitoring data, the ecological condition of the Kennet has been found to be about 70% in moderate condition and 30% in good condition.

The Kennet Catchment Partnership has developed a catchment management plan with the aim to have healthy rivers, streams and canals throughout the Kennet Catchment.

The partnership and the plan is constantly developing and more partners and projects will be added as the plan progresses. We are actively looking for new partners to come on board to work with us, please get in touch for more information.

The Catchment Management Plan aims to bring the whole of the Kennet catchment to good condition by 2021.