Environment Agency (EA) has a responsibility to ensure that the water
off our coasts, and in our main rivers, meets EU standards for
cleanliness and safety, whilst the Borough of Poole and Bournemouth
Borough Council are riparian owners of the Bourne stream and its
In 2000 the EA formed the Bourne Stream Partnership to
ensure effective management of both the local watercourse and bathing
beaches, and the three organisations work together with the Project
Officer to lead Partnership projects.
other Partners have an interest in the stream and its catchment area
too, and help in many different ways to ensure that the Partnership
meets its strategic objectives.
their activities and membership below.
Sembcorp Bournemouth Water (formerly
& West Hampshire Water)
is a water company, supplying drinking water to
nearly 500,000 people in parts of Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, New
Milton, Lymington, Wimborne, Ringwood, Fordingbridge and surrounding
areas. We supply about 150
million litres of water each day although this increases significantly in
the summer due to garden watering and visitors to the area.
The increase can be as much as 60 percent company wide and more in
three-quarters of the water is abstracted from two local rivers, the Avon
and the Stour. The remainder
comes from deep boreholes at locations north of Wimborne, near
Fordingbridge and in Lymington. All
the water is subject to treatment and careful monitoring of its quality so
as to ensure it is safe when it reaches customers.
the abstraction of water for public water supply has some impact on the
environment. All sources such
as ours are the subject of licences to abstract which are granted by the
Environment Agency. We do aim
to ensure that in the longer term the impact is acceptable and sustainable
and we work closely with the Environment Agency and others to be satisfied
that this is the case in the future.
must promote the efficient use of water by our customers and do a variety
of things to raise awareness and try to help customers avoid waste of this
Bourne Stream interests us because it flows through the heart of an urban
area and is part of many people’s daily lives.
It provides local examples of some of the impacts humans can have
on a river and through the Partnership we can demonstrate what
improvements can be made to the stream.
see the Partnership as a very good way of helping us to raise awareness of
issues about the water environment and ultimately further encouraging our
customers to use water wisely.
1974, Wessex Water has provided drinking water
to 1.1 million people and a sewerage service to 2.5 million customers
living in an area stretching from Bristol in the north to Bournemouth in the
south. Our standards of
service are among the best in the country, with compliance for water
supply, sewage treatment and bathing water quality standards at or near
100%. Our operating
efficiency, measured by independent regulator Ofwat, is in the top band.
our high standards there are still improvements we must make to meet new EU
and UK requirements. We are
investing more than £3 million a week between now and March 2005 to improve
existing assets and meet new standards. Recently completed wastewater projects include ultraviolet
disinfection at Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, new treatment plants at
Weymouth, Swanage and Bridport, phosphorus removal plants at Salisbury and
Dorchester and a Biogran production plant in Bournemouth.
Water is pleased to be a founder member of the Bourne Stream Partnership.
Together with our partners, we aim to tackle the pollution issues associated
with an urban waterway and provide a better local environment for the
enjoyment of all its users.
us on 0845 600 4 600 (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm)
about Wessex Water's
Manager, Wessex Water, 2, Nuffield Road, Poole BH17 0RL
Nature is the
government agency that champions the conservation of wildlife and
geology throughout England.
We want to ensure that future
generations can enjoy a wealth of wildlife as a major part of their
quality of life. We achieve this by taking action ourselves, and
by working through and enabling others.
involvement with the Bourne Stream Partnership is focused on improving
the water quality of the stream for the wildlife of the upper reaches
where it runs through the
Bourne Valley SSSI.
Note: On 1st October 2006
English Nature came together with the Countryside Agency and the
Rural Development Service to form a new organisation -
Wildlife Trust (DWT)
is the largest voluntary wildlife organisation in Dorset. It aims to
enhance and safeguard wildlife and wild places in Dorset by:
and managing 3,000 acres of nature reserves
local communities to undertake conservation projects
farmers and landowners
Sites of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCIs)
government policies and statutory organisations
is a partner in the Bourne Stream Partnership to highlight conservation
issues and help local people to enjoy the wildlife along the river
corridor. DWT manages Alder Hills, a nature Reserve near Alder Road in the
Bourne Stream corridor and has recognised two SNCIs in the Bourne Stream
corridor. These are Alderney Wood, which is wet woodland and Winston
Avenue, which is heath/acid grassland.
can give advice on habitats and species along the Bourne Corridor such as
Water Voles and has produced the ‘Living Streams Action Pack’ for
community groups, schools and businesses who want to improve streams in
the Bournemouth/Poole/Christchurch area and need some guidance.
University is home
to approximately 13,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
School of Conservation Sciences is one of seven distinct Schools committed
to ‘vocational education as a pathway towards career success’.
activities of the School are organised into Environmental and Geographical
Sciences (EGS) and Archaeology and the Historic Environment (AHE). The
focus of EGS is the applied science and management of contemporary
environmental systems. The Group’s commitment is to:
University is a partner in the Bourne Stream Partnership primarily to
foster the continued integration of the University with its local
catchment, but also to contribute to the research of the Bourne Stream, in
partnership with relevant stakeholders via undergraduate, postgraduate or
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is a local authority partnership from South East Dorset working on
projects that promote countryside access, cycling and walking. The
primary partners are Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough
Council, Borough of
Poole, East Dorset District Council, Christchurch Borough Council and
Purbeck District Council.
Visit their web site here
Dorset Coast Forum held its inaugural
meeting in February 1995. Since
then it has met twice a year to discuss the strategic issues facing the
with developing a greater understanding among the authorities, agencies
and interest and user groups, the Forum has concentrated on themed debates
across a broad range of topic areas ranging from the coastal environment
to fisheries, ports and shipping, marine aggregates, pollution and water
overriding aim of the Forum is to promote a sustainable approach to the
management, use and development of the Dorset Coastal Zone, to ensure that
the inherent natural and cultural qualities of the coast are maintained or
enhanced for the benefit of future generations.
aim is met by:
co-operation and dialogue between the different interests and users of
the gathering and dissemination of knowledge and the carrying out of
necessary research in relation to the physical processes, natural
environment and human use of the Dorset Coastal Zone.
existing national, regional and local coastal policies and working
towards the production of integrated policies specific to the Dorset
Dorset Coast Strategy has been prepared on behalf of the Dorset Coast
Forum. It sets out a
long-term future for the coast, covering the coastline and inshore seas
from Lyme Regis to Christchurch. The
Strategy aims to bring together all of the key interests to agree
principles and priorities for the future use of the coast, and support
co-ordinated practical action. As
land and sea are currently managed and planned separately, the Strategy
provides integrated policies for the whole of the coastal zone for the
Dorset Coast Forum are pleased to be a partner in the Bourne Stream
project as the work being undertaken highlights how relatively small
changes inland can have dramatic effects on our coastline.