Douglas Management Catchment

About

The River Douglas flows from Winter Hill, high on the West Pennine Moors, through rural landscape and urban sprawl until it meets the Ribble Estuary. It is fed by a number of significant reservoirs which help to provide drinking water to parts of Lancashire and Greater Manchester. The catchment isnt just made up of the River Douglas it contains many local water bodies such as the Rivers Tawd, Yarrow and Lostock, Carr Brook, Wymott Brook, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Wigan Flashes. Significant towns include Wigan, Chorley, Leyland and Skelmersdale. The population of the catchment is over 800 000 people.

The River Douglas passing Fourteen Meadows Road

Classifications data for Douglas Management Catchment

Number of water bodies

Water body categoriesNaturalArtificialHeavily modifiedTotal
River, canals and surface water transfers001515
Lake0279
Coastal0000
Estuarine0000
Groundwater0000
Total022224

Ecological status for surface waters

Ecological status or potentialBadPoorModerateGoodHighTotal
Number of water bodies00240024
Number of water body elements5143732106194

Chemical status for surface waters

Chemical statusFailGoodTotal
Number of water bodies24024
Number of water body elements57256313

Why do all water bodies have a chemical status of fail?

Quantitative status for groundwater

Quantitative statusPoorGoodTotal
Number of water bodies000
Number of water body elements000

Chemical status for groundwater

Chemical statusPoorGoodTotal
Number of water bodies000
Number of water body elements000

Challenges data for Douglas Management Catchment

Reasons for not achieving good status by business sector

The issues preventing waters reaching good status and the sectors identified as contributing to them. The numbers in the table are individual counts of the reasons for not achieving good status with a confidence status of 'confirmed' and 'probable', where the latest classification is less than good status. There may be more than one reason in a single water body. Note, table does not include reasons for deterioration.

Significant water management issueChanges to the natural flow and level of waterInvasive non-native speciesPhysical modificationsPollution from abandoned minesPollution from rural areasPollution from towns, cities and transportPollution from waste water
Agriculture and rural land management00001700
Domestic general public00000101
Industry0020040
Local & central government0090000
Mining and quarrying0001000
Navigation0000000
No sector responsible0000000
Other0000000
Recreation0000000
Sector under investigation00160000
Urban and transport0050024
Waste treatment and disposal0000000
Water Industry00100023
Total00331171628

Objectives data for Douglas Management Catchment

Ecological status or potential objectives for surface water bodies

Including those with less stringent objectives and extended deadlines

StatusBadPoorModerateGoodHighTotal
By 2015001001
By 202700023023
Total00123024

22 of the "by 2027" objectives are low confidence

Chemical status objectives for surface water bodies

Including those with less stringent objectives and extended deadlines

StatusFailGoodTotal
By 206302424
Total02424

0 of the "by 2027" objectives are low confidence

Quantitative status objectives for groundwater

Including those with less stringent objectives and extended deadlines

StatusPoor
GoodTotal
Total000

0 of the "by 2027" objectives are low confidence

Chemical status objectives for groundwater

Including those with less stringent objectives and extended deadlines

StatusPoor
GoodTotal
Total000