Plym Operational Catchment

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About

The Plym rises on Dartmoor and flows south west past china clay workings at Shaugh Prior to the junction with the Meavy. Flowing through a steep, often wooded valley to the edge of Plymouth, it enters the estuary at Marsh Mills.

Photograph of Cann Quarry Weir

Classifications data for Plym Operational Catchment

Number of water bodies

Water body categoriesNaturalArtificialHeavily modifiedTotal
River, canals and surface water transfers2024
Lake0101
Coastal0000
Estuarine0000
Groundwater0000
Total2125

Ecological status for surface waters

Ecological status or potentialBadPoorModerateGoodHighTotal
Number of water bodies004105
Number of water body elements006104258

Chemical status for surface waters

Chemical statusFailGoodTotal
Number of water bodies505
Number of water body elements1189100

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 Plym Operational 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 management0010000
Domestic general public0000000
Industry0010000
Local & central government0010000
Mining and quarrying0004040
Navigation0000000
No sector responsible0000000
Other0000000
Recreation0000000
Sector under investigation0000000
Urban and transport0010000
Waste treatment and disposal0000000
Water Industry3010000
Total3054040

Objectives data for Plym Operational Catchment

Ecological status or potential objectives for surface water bodies

Including those with less stringent objectives and extended deadlines

StatusBadPoorModerateGoodHighTotal
By 2015000202
By 2027000303
Total000505

0 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 2015055
Total055

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