The Ribble catchment covers a varied landscape that has been shaped by a variety of activities, including livestock farming in the upper part of the catchment to the industrialised urban areas such as Blackburn in the middle part of the catchment. These activities have all had an impact upon the water quality and quantity of the Ribble.  Historically, the landscape has also been modified as watercourses and wetlands were altered to improve land drainage.  Click on the links to the right to find out more about the common issues affecting our water environment or click on the image to find out more.

Ribble Catchment Ribble EstuaryWaste water discharges into riverWater abstraction from rivers reducing flowObstruction to fish migrationFlooding in urban areasDrinking water reservoirWeirs and culverts in riversBathing waters impacted by inland activitiesTidal FloodingContaminated runoff from urban areas and roadsExploitation of salmon and sea trout stocksAbstracting groundwater from aquifersDiffuse pollution from agricultureInvasive speciesUpland drainage accelerates run-off
Source: Environment Agency Integrated Management Plan for the Ribble