Working Together

Closed 22 Dec 2018

Opened 22 Jun 2018

Results updated 27 Mar 2019

Working together was the first consultation in reviewing and updating the river basin management plans for 2021. It set out the steps and consultation measures that we are required to take in preparation of the updated river basin management plans. It ran for six months between 22 June 2018 and 22 December 2018.

We received 148 responses, from a variety of group and individuals, including the water industry, local authorities, catchment groups, local wildlife groups, and research organisations.

Please use the link below to access our summary report of your responses and how we are going to use this information to help shape this cycle of river basin planning.

Thank you to all those who took the time to respond to this consultation.


Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


Working Together is the first consultation in the process of reviewing and updating the river basin management plans for 2021. It sets out the steps and consultation measures to be taken, the proposed timetable and the ways that you can get involved in preparing the updated plans.

Everyone’s views are welcomed. Responding to the consultation is just one way of getting involved in the process. You can also engage with us and our partners both locally and nationally on river basin planning. 

You can download a copy of this consultation by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. If you would prefer to respond using a response form contact us using the details provided on this page.

All responses will be considered. We will publish a summary of your responses on our website within three months of the consultation closing.

River basin districts

A river basin management plan is produced for each river basin district in England. As part of this Working Together consultation you will be asked to identify which river basin district(s) your response applies to, or if you want your response to apply to the whole of England.

To find your river basin district use the map below or visit the Catchment Data Explorer to search by postcode.



The Environment Agency is responsible for the review and update of the river basin management plans for the 6 river basin districts that fall entirely within England; Anglian, Humber, North West, South East, South West, and Thames.

The Environment Agency also leads on the review and update of the river basin management plans for the Severn and Northumbria river basin districts which lie partly in Wales and Scotland respectively.

Natural Resources Wales leads on the review and update of the plan for the Dee river basin district.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency leads on the review and update of the plan for the Solway Tweed river basin district.

For more information on the consultations for the Dee and Solway Tweed please follow the links under related information below.


  • Recreational and commercial river users
  • Members of the public with an interest in the river, the species and conservation
  • Businesses
  • Charities
  • Statutory organisations
  • NGOs
  • Members of the public
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Local councils
  • Academics
  • All water abstractors
  • Environment Agency customers
  • Government family organisations
  • IDBs
  • Local authorities
  • District and parish councils
  • Environmental bodies
  • Land owners
  • Farming associations
  • Drainage associations
  • RFCCs
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Water companies
  • Members of the public
  • Recreational and commercial river users
  • Community groups
  • Flood action groups
  • Environment Agency colleagues
  • Lead Local Flood Authorities
  • Members of the public
  • Internal Drainage Boards


  • Business and industry
  • Flood management
  • Coastal management
  • Fishing and boating
  • Water resources
  • Water quality
  • Drought
  • Habitats and wildlife
  • Permits
  • Environmental permitting