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6.3. What  is  already  being  done?   Regulatory:   There  are  14  riverine  units  within  the  Test  and  Itchen  Catchment  that  are  legally  protected  as  Sites   of   Special   Scientific   Interest.   The   River   Itchen   is   also   designated   as   a   Special   Area   of   Conservation   (SAC)  affording  it  a  further  layer  of  protection  through  the  EC  Habitats  Directive.     Plans  &  Strategies:   South  East  River  Basin  District  Management  Plan  -­‐  Environment  Agency       The   Environment   Agency’s   first   cycle   River   Basin   Management   Plan   provides   an   overarching  view  of  current  status  and  actions  required  to  meet  the  obligations   of   the   Water   Framework   Directive.   The   plan,   published   in   2009,   outlined   a   handful   of   key   actions   for   the   Test   and   Itchen   Catchment.   These   included   measures  to  address  fish  passage,  enhance  habitats,  monitor  salmon  and  control   invasive  non-­‐native  species.  


Ø Test  &  Itchen  Restoration  Strategy  -­‐  Environment  Agency   The   Test   &   Itchen   River   Restoration   Strategy   focuses   on   the   in-­‐channel   and   riparian  restoration  necessary  to  support  chalk  stream  flora  and  fauna,  achieve   the   SSSI   favourable   condition   required   to   fulfil   the   requirements   of   numerous   legislative   drivers,   improve   climate   change   resilience,   and   to   secure   the   wider   commercial  and  amenity  value  and  the  ecosystem  services  provided  by  the  two   rivers.  It  defines  River  Restoration  as  “measures  that  are  designed  to  return  the   physical  form  (morphology)  of  the  river  and  the  subsequent  ecological  features   present,   back   towards   their   natural   condition”.     Actions   have   been   identified   which   tackle   the   reasons   for   adverse   conditions   of   the   SSSI,   and   which   were   confirmed  by  the  key  findings  of  a  walkover  survey.    Reaches  were  assessed  and   recommendations   made   to   either   restore,   rehabilitate,   or   conserve   and   enhance.   Ø River  Itchen  SAC  Site  Improvement  Plan  –  Natural  England   The  plan  identifies  the  priority  actions  that  are  required  to  improve  the  existing   unfavourable   condition   of   the   River   Itchen   SAC.   It   calls   for   the   delivery   of   the   River   Restoration   Strategy   as   the   main   mechanism   for   delivering   channel,   habitat   and   biodiversity   improvements   but   also   identifies   actions   for   controlling   invasive   non-­‐native   species   and   encouraging   appropriate   scrub   management,   grazing   and   weed   management.   Similarly,   it   identifies   implementation   of   the   Diffuse  Water  Pollution  Plan  as  the  main  mechanism  for  improving  water  quality   and   identifies   key   actions   in   reducing   sediment   from   road   runoff   and   other   pathways,   quantifying   and   addressing   the   problem   of   phosphate   inputs   from   septic   tanks,   review   of   discharge   consents   for   watercress   and   fish   farms   and   the   continuation   of   Catchment   Sensitive   Farming   after   2015   and   continued    


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