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The term 'catchment' refers to the sub-basins of tributaries or the whole river basin itself, as defined by the watersheds that divide drainage areas. In some countries 'watershed' also refers to this basin or catchment land area. The need to manage water from its source to its sink, and the inter-dependence of our water uses with each other and natural processes, require holistic and catchment-based management. Technical capability, leadership and coordination of actions are required for catchments that rarely correspond to administrative boundaries.

Over abstraction, flood risk and water quality are common concerns. Water pollution comprises point and non point source contamination including discharges from water treatment and industry, surface run off from fields, seepage of nutrients from soil into ground water, stream bank erosion and discharges from dispersed and numerous minor point sources such as field, farmyard and urban drains.

The ‘Catchment Management Resources’ website originates from projects investigating UK and international approaches to catchment management and the protection of water resources. It aims to provide a forum for the reporting of research and for the sharing of experience and information resources for catchment and watershed management.

 

 

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