Looking after the Ouse Washes’ Water Quality – is this the job for you?


A new job has just been advertised by Cambridgeshire ACRE. The organisation is currently looking for a Water Catchment Officer.

 Water Care Partnership for the Old Bedford including Middle Level Catchment

Cambridgeshire ACRE has recently been appointed as the host organisation for the Old Bedford including Middle Level Catchment which contains the Ouse Washes. This means that a locally-led partnership will consider how the quality of the local water environment can be improved.

We know the Ouse Washes sits in a catchment that is unique; few of the water courses are natural; the majority are artificially dug drains and water movement is controlled by pumping and drainage operations. The land and waters within the catchment have immense environmental value, being internationally recognised for the flora and fauna they are home to.

However, some water bodies in the catchment are failing to meet the required standard. There are potentially many reasons for these failures with inputs to the catchment coming from many sources including sewage treatment works, agriculture, industry, roads and development. There are other pressures placed on the catchment from water abstraction, climate change, peat erosion and invasive species.

Are you looking for a new job challenge this Spring? 

Do you fancy the challenge of working to develop the work of this Catchment Partnership and trying to improve water quality through a partnership approach?

Details of the new job and how to apply can be found on the Cambridgeshire ACRE website at http://bit.ly/1fE9Z6e

This job would involve pulling together social, economic and environmental data gathered from the Environment Agency, Natural England, Local Government and other key partners in order to develop a catchment plan; promoting and coordinating the delivery of priority actions taken by Catchment Partners and other parties in order to improve water quality.

Part of the work will also involve raising the awareness of the importance of water resources and encouraging local community involvement, volunteering activities and sustainable recreation.


Some of the issues affecting the water quality in the Old Bedford and Middle Level Catchment area. Source: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Utility/Old_Bedford_incl_Middle_Level_Catchment.pdf

The partnership will have a close link to the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership and the staff will work closely together to maximise funding and join-up the work.

Please let others know if you think this job opportunity might be for them.

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About markatousewasheslps

I am currently coordinating a partnership-led bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (for a circa £600K Heritage Grant bid) focusing on strengthening the unique yet vulnerable natural heritage in the Cambridgeshire Fens surrounding the Old west River, the new 'New Life on the Old West' project. Until recently I was the Programme Manager for the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme, leading on the 1-year development and 3-year delivery phases of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant-aided Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) scheme (from Dec 2012 until March 2017), on behalf of and in close cooperation with a wide range of local, regional and national partner organisations. The Ouse Washes LP's portfolio of 51 projects have focused on: conservation works to historic and natural environmental assets; improving community participation & engagement with the landscape and its heritage; increasing access and learning opportunities; and providing more opportunities for training in traditional land management skills. The overall aim has been to leave a long-term legacy for this fascinating and unique landscape, in the process creating tangible improvements to social, economic and environmental aspects of this landscape, its heritage and communities.

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