Esk from Sleddale Beck to Ruswarp Water Body

Good ecological status

Attributes

  • Water Body IDGB104027068150
  • Water Body TypeRiver
  • Hydromorphological designationnot designated artificial or heavily modified
  • NGRNZ7091608282
  • Catchment area86.882 km2
  • Surveillance Water BodyNo
  • Length51.421 km
  • Catchment area8688.2 ha

Classifications

Classification Item20192022
EcologicalGoodGood
Biological quality elementsGoodGood
FishGoodHigh
InvertebratesHighHigh
Macrophytes and Phytobenthos CombinedGoodGood
Phytobenthos Sub ElementGoodGood
Physico-chemical quality elementsHighGood
Acid Neutralising CapacityHighHigh
Ammonia (Phys-Chem)HighHigh
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)HighModerate
Dissolved oxygenHighGood
PhosphateHighHigh
TemperatureHighGood
pHHighHigh
Hydromorphological Supporting ElementsSupports goodSupports good
Hydrological RegimeDoes not support goodDoes not support good
Supporting elements (Surface Water)Moderate
Mitigation Measures AssessmentModerate or less
Specific pollutantsHighHigh
2,4-dichlorophenolHighHigh
2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acidHighHigh
ArsenicHighHigh
ChlorothalonilHighHigh
CopperHighHigh
DimethoateHighHigh
IronHighHigh
LinuronHighHigh
ManganeseHighHigh
MecopropHighHigh
PendimethalinHighHigh
PermethrinHighHigh
TolueneHighHigh
ZincHighHigh
ChemicalFailDoes not require assessment
Priority hazardous substancesFailDoes not require assessment
Benzo(a)pyreneGood
Cadmium and Its CompoundsGood
Dioxins and dioxin-like compoundsGood
Heptachlor and cis-Heptachlor epoxideGood
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)Good
HexachlorobenzeneGood
HexachlorobutadieneGood
HexachlorocyclohexaneGood
Mercury and Its CompoundsFail
Perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS)Good
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)Fail
QuinoxyfenGood
Trifluralin (Priority hazardous)Good
Priority substancesGoodDoes not require assessment
1,2-dichloroethaneGood
AclonifenGood
AlachlorGood
AtrazineGood
BenzeneGood
BifenoxGood
CybutryneGood
Cypermethrin (Priority)Good
Dichlorvos (Priority)Good
FluorantheneGood
Lead and Its CompoundsGood
NapthaleneGood
Nickel and Its CompoundsGood
PentachlorophenolGood
SimazineGood
TrichlorobenzenesGood
TrichloromethaneGood
Other PollutantsGoodDoes not require assessment
Aldrin, Dieldrin, Endrin & IsodrinGood
Carbon TetrachlorideGood
DDT TotalGood
TetrachloroethyleneGood
TrichloroethyleneGood
para - para DDTGood

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

Investigations into classification status

No data to show

Reasons for not achieving good (RNAG) and reasons for deterioration (RFD)

All reasons (RFDs and RNAGs) attributed to the classification elements in this water body.

Reason TypeSWMIActivityCategoryClassification ElementMore information
RNAGFlowNo further action (Flow is below the EFI but NOT causing an ecological failure)No sector responsibleHydrological RegimeDetails
RNAGPhysical modificationOther (not in list, must add details in comments)Agriculture and rural land managementMitigation Measures AssessmentDetails
RNAGmeasures delivered to address reason, awaiting recoveryNot applicableNo sector responsiblePolybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)Details
RNAGmeasures delivered to address reason, awaiting recoveryNot applicableNo sector responsibleMercury and Its CompoundsDetails

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 issuePhysical modificationsPollution from waste waterPollution from towns, cities and transportChanges to the natural flow and level of waterInvasive non-native speciesPollution from rural areasPollution from abandoned mines
Agriculture and rural land management1000000
Industry0000000
Mining and quarrying0000000
Navigation0000000
Urban and transport0000000
Water Industry0000000
Local & central government0000000
Domestic general public0000000
Recreation0000000
Waste treatment and disposal0000000
Other0000000
No sector responsible0000000
Sector under investigation0000000
Total1000000

Objectives

Classification ItemStatusYearReasons
EcologicalGood2021Disproportionately expensive: Disproportionate burdens
Biological quality elementsGood2021Disproportionately expensive: Disproportionate burdens
FishGood2021Disproportionately expensive: Disproportionate burdens
InvertebratesGood2015
Macrophytes and Phytobenthos CombinedGood2015
Physico-chemical quality elementsGood2015Disproportionately expensive: Disproportionate burdens
Acid Neutralising CapacityGood2015
Ammonia (Phys-Chem)High2015
Dissolved oxygenHigh2021Disproportionately expensive: Disproportionate burdens
PhosphateHigh2015
TemperatureHigh2015
pHHigh2015
Hydromorphological Supporting ElementsSupports good2015
Hydrological RegimeDoes not support good2021Disproportionately expensive: Unfavourable balance of costs and benefits
Supporting elements (Surface Water)Good2027 - Low confidenceDisproportionately expensive: Disproportionate burdens
Mitigation Measures AssessmentGood2027 - Low confidenceDisproportionately expensive: Disproportionate burdens
Specific pollutantsHigh2015
2,4-dichlorophenolHigh2015
2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acidHigh2015
ArsenicHigh2015
ChlorothalonilHigh2015
CopperHigh2015
DimethoateHigh2015
IronHigh2015
LinuronHigh2015
ManganeseHigh2015
MecopropHigh2015
PendimethalinHigh2015
PermethrinHigh2015
TolueneHigh2015
ZincHigh2015
ChemicalGood2063Natural conditions: Chemical status recovery time
Priority hazardous substancesGood2063Natural conditions: Chemical status recovery time
Benzo (b) and (k) fluorantheneGood2015
Benzo (ghi) perelyene and indeno (123-cd) pyreneGood2015
Benzo(a)pyreneGood2015
Cadmium and Its CompoundsGood2015
Dioxins and dioxin-like compoundsGood2015
EndosulfanGood2015
Heptachlor and cis-Heptachlor epoxideGood2015
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)Good2015
HexachlorobenzeneGood2015
HexachlorobutadieneGood2015
HexachlorocyclohexaneGood2015
Mercury and Its CompoundsGood2040Natural conditions: Chemical status recovery time
Perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS)Good2015
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)Good2063Natural conditions: Chemical status recovery time
QuinoxyfenGood2015
Trifluralin (Priority hazardous)Good2015
Priority substancesGood2015
1,2-dichloroethaneGood2015
AclonifenGood2015
AlachlorGood2015
AtrazineGood2015
BenzeneGood2015
BifenoxGood2015
CybutryneGood2015
Cypermethrin (Priority)Good2015
Dichlorvos (Priority)Good2015
FluorantheneGood2015
Lead and Its CompoundsGood2015
NapthaleneGood2015
Nickel and Its CompoundsGood2015
PentachlorophenolGood2015
SimazineGood2015
TrichlorobenzenesGood2015
TrichloromethaneGood2015
Other PollutantsGood2015
Aldrin, Dieldrin, Endrin & IsodrinGood2015
Carbon TetrachlorideGood2015
DDT TotalGood2015
TetrachloroethyleneGood2015
TrichloroethyleneGood2015
para - para DDTGood2015

Protected areas

PA NameIdDirectiveMore information
North York MoorsUK0030228Special Area of ConservationNatural England
North York MoorsUK9006161Special Protection AreaNatural England
River Esk from Sleddale Beck to RuswarpUKGB104027068150Drinking Water Protected Area
Arnecliff & Park Hole WoodsUK0030142Special Area of ConservationNatural England
RuswarpSWSGZ6013Safeguard Zone

Monitoring sites which have been used to classify this water body

Shows which sites were used for classification for which years within each cycle.

Monitoring SiteCycle 1Cycle 2Cycle 3
RIVER ESK/4.0 LEALHOLM ESK/SA/Q/002/ 3822013, 2011, 2014, 2012, 2010, 20092013, 2016, 2014, 2019, 20152019
RIVER ESK/2.4 LOWER 5B SITE/ 19482013, 2011, 2012, 2009
RIVER ESK/7.0 LOW NEWBIGGIN/ 19362011, 2010, 2009
ESK AT RUSWARP - BANKSIDE 490001372012, 2013, 2010, 2011, 2014, 20092015, 2016, 2013, 2014, 20192022, 2019
RIVER ESK/2.3 SHACKLETON BRIDGE/ 19492011, 2010, 2009
RIVER ESK/6.2 GROSMONT FARM LHS/ 19652013
RIVER ESK/6.0 TOLL ROAD, GROSMONT ESK/SA/Q/003/ 19322013, 2011, 2014, 2012, 2010, 20092013, 2016, 2014, 2019, 20152022, 2019
RIVER ESK/5.0 LIMBER HILL/ 19332009
146 1462009, 2014, 20102016, 2014, 2015
RIVER ESK/3.2 U/S LEALHOLM STEPPING STONES/ 19522011, 2010, 20092022
RIVER ESK/CHURCHDALE BECK/ 165622013, 2011, 2010, 2009
RIVER ESK/5.2 BECKSIDE FARM UPPER SITE/ 19622011, 2010, 2009
ESK AT GROSMONT U/S MURK ESK 490001332013, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2009, 20122013, 2016, 2014, 2019, 20152019
147 1472011, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 20122016, 2019, 2014, 2015, 20132022, 2019
RIVER ESK/2.2 MIDDLE 5B SITE/ 19472011, 2010
RIVER ESK/2.1 UPPER 5B SITE/ 19462013, 2011, 2010, 2009
RIVER ESK/4.1 UNDERPARK FARM/ 19562013, 2011, 2012, 2010, 2009

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