Useful information pertinent to Friends of the River Rib & Quin.

River Rib Water Level Monitoring

River Quin Water Level Monitoring

Wild Trout Trust Fishery Reports
River Rib, Latchford Lake Fishery, February 2021
River Rib, Upp Hall Fishery, Puckeridge, September 2004
River Rib, Upp Hall Fishery, Puckeridge, November 2019

Environment Agency Catchment Data Explorer
The quality of our river environments is monitored by the Environment Agency. These environments are divided into catchments. Our rivers are part of the Lea Catchment and have a specific Rib & Quin Catchment Partnership, like all our local rivers, administered by the HMWT.
Environment Agency monitoring data for our specific catchment is divided into three parts and can be viewed via the links below;
River Quin
Upper River Rib
Lower River Rib

Defra Chalk Stream map and data sets
Last updated in December 2001, this is an Environment Agency low resolution indicative trace of chalk rivers and streams created from OS maps. Chalk rivers are recognised as a priority habitat for protection under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan;
Chalk Stream Map Explorer

Environment Agency Water Quality Archive
The Water Quality Archive provides data on water quality measurements. Samples are taken at sampling points around England and can be from coastal or estuarine waters, rivers, lakes, ponds, canals or groundwaters. They are taken for a number of purposes including compliance assessment against discharge permits, investigation of pollution incidents or environmental monitoring. The archive provides data on measurements and samples dating from 2000. Here are links to specific sampling points in our catchment
Rib At Latchford Farm Ford
Rib at Standon
Standon STW
Braughing STW (Hay Street)
Rib Below B1386, Gatesbury
Quin At Braughing Bridge
Buntingford STW
Rib above Buntingford Stw
Rib at Aspenden Bridge, Aspenden
Rib at Westmill
Cherry Green Barns STW, Westmill
Rib at A10 Road Bridge
Throcking STW
Rib below Therfield STW, Chapel Green
Therfield STW, Chapel Green
Barkway STW
Barkway Park Golf Course STW, Barkway
Buryfields C/H STW, Anstey
Lincoln Hill C/H STW, Anstey
Misc.10 Km Sq Langley…………….Tl43
Ashleigh Park STW, Barwick
Raj Villa STW, High Cross
Hamels Park Farm STW, Buntingford
Ware, Moles Farm Borehole
Rib at Bengeo Hall
Chapmore End Stw 
Crouchfields Stw :Chapmore End 
Rib Above Westmill Trout Farm ( Intake ) 
Rickneys Farm Stw :Bengeo 
Westmill Farm Stw :Ware 
Westmill Trout Farm T/E 

Environment Agency advice
Owning a watercourse

Government policies specifically impacting the Rib and Quin Catchments

Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2017
This defines the legislative structure for the regulation of water in England and Wales and can be viewed here

River Basin Management Plan
define the overall management strategy for each of the country’s river basins. For us this is the Thames River Basin and the RBMP can be viewed here

Water Industry Strategic Environmental Requirements (WISER) are a strategic steer to the water industry from Environment Agency and Natural England as to their expectations. It describes the environmental, resilience and flood risk obligations that water companies must take into account when developing their business plans. WISER can be viewed here

Chalkstreams in general
Here are links that give information on England’s chalk streams and rivers and why they are so important

The Chalk Aquifer Alliance is a network of river groups and organisations standing up for chalk streams across the chalk aquifer of England. They have hosted a series of talks and presentations pertinent to chalk streams and rivers, which can be viewed in their talk archive here >>

Chalk streams Restoration Strategy 2021a new document prepared by CaBa’s Chalk stream Restoration Group, chaired by Charles Rangeley-Wilson

Chalk streams in crisisA 2019 report by the Rivers Trust, supported by HMWT and a number of other river, angling and wildlife charities, that makes a series of recommendations and features Buntingford in the Lea Catchment case study.

WWF – UK Rivers and chalkstreams
2014 UK Chalkstream report
Catchment Based Approach resources

The threat to chalk streams, our unique contribution to global ecology – The Guardian, July 2014

Why Britain’s chalk rivers are under threat – The Telegraph, June 2016

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust Living Rivers Project
Information about HMWT’s Living Rivers project, River Lea and Colne Catchment areas and other Hertfordshire River’s friends groups are listed here

HMWT Living Rivers
River Lea Catchment Partnership
Rivers Rib & Quin Catchment Management Plan

Colne Valley Catchment Partnership

HMWT 5 year plan 2016 – 2021

HMWT/HertsCC/EA Local Wildlife Sites partnership newsletter 2017
includes information on the Mimram SSSI project, River Lea Catchment Partnership and EA permits required for projects on a river floodplain

Other Independent River Groups in Hertfordshire

Friends of the Mimram – Facebook Group

River Beane Restoration Association

Ver Valley Society

Charities and Organisations
Below are river conservation organisations and charities working locally and nationally

Water21 is a not-for-profit organisation that works with landowners and communities to develop sustainable protection against flood, drought, and public health risks in the community.

The Rivers Trust are the umbrella body of the Rivers Trust movement, working to protect, promote and enhance our freshwater ecosystems for both people and wildlife.

UK Drought Monitoring
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Mapping site

National and Local Government and Utilities Supplier Plans, Policies and Reports
Environment Agency – The state of the environment: water resources – May 2018

Environment Agency – Upper Lee Abstraction Licensing Strategy – February 2019

Affinity Water – Water Resources Management Plan 2020 – 2080

Hertfordshire County Council – Recycling, waste and environment

Hertfordshire County Council/East Herts District Council Landscape Character Assessments for our catchment
Sacombe Park Estate Farmland – Area 74
Lower Rib Valley – Area 75
Ware Parklands – Area 76
Wareside – Braughing Uplands – Area 89
Middle Rib Valley – Area 90
Upper Rib Valley – Area 91
Puckeridge Parklands – Area 92
Cherry Green Arable Plateau – Area 141
High Rib Valley – Area 142
Wyddial Plateau – Area 143
Buckland Plateau – Area 144
Upper Quin Valley – Area 145
Hormead Wooded Plateau – Area 146

Hertfordshire County Council Environment and Infrastructure Services Map

Neighbourhood Development Plans
Standon and Puckeridge – Standon Puckeridge Neighbourhood Development Plan
SPNDP Environment report – SNP4
Braughing – Braughing Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan 2017 – 2033

Hertfordshire Geology
An introduction to the geology of Hertfordshire

image – Hertfordshire Geology Society

The Geological Conservation Strategy for Hertfordshire 2003 contains interesting information on our local geology and particular geological highlights that can be found in our catchment.

Water in the UK – a free learning course on water supply in the UK from the Open University

Recording the wildlife in our catchment using iNaturalist – Friends of the Rib & Quin Catchment project page

Wildlife Species identification
Harvestmen of Britain and Ireland – an online key dedicated to identifying species of harvestmen found in Britain and Ireland

Water Quality
Environment Agency – Phosphorus and Freshwater Eutrophication Pressure Narrative
– Published October 2019
Thames Waterblitz – part of a pan-european project monitoring water quality through citizen science
Clean Water for Wildlife Technical Manual – Evaluating PackTest nitrate and phosphate test kits to find clean water and assess the extent of nutrient pollution – an assessment of the accuracy of the PackTest kits used in the Thames Waterblitz
Freshwater Watch interactive map – combining EA, Waterblitz and Riverfly Monitoring Data
Is my river fit to play in? – An annually updated interactive map from the Rivers Trust that tracks sewage spills into the nation’s river system
The Riverfly Partnership – a citizen science based scheme monitoring freshwater invertebrates to measure water quality. Explore the data through the Data Explorer