River basin management planning in Scotland: statement of consultation steps for the third plans

Closed 22 Dec 2018

Opened 22 Jun 2018


We are now starting the process of updating the Scotland river basin district management plan.

The plan, along with the Solway Tweed river basin district management plan, describes the environmental objectives for all Scotland’s river, loch, groundwater, estuary and coastal water bodies and is a route map for achieving them. The plan is updated every six years. You can view the current plan here: River basin management plan for the Scotland river basin district 2015 - 2027

The updated plan, which will be Scotland’s third river basin management plan, has to be finalised by December 2021. The Statement of consultation steps document sets out the steps SEPA will take to engage stakeholders in the preparation of this plan.

We are very keen to hear your thoughts on these steps. Please have a look at the Statement of consultation steps, which you can access from the link at the bottom of this page, and then let us know what you think by completing the online survey.

The consultation is open from 22 June 2018 to 22 December 2018. Your response will be used to inform improvements we can make to the consultation arrangements set out in this document.


  • Agriculture
  • Distilling
  • Hydropower
  • Local Authorities
  • Responsible Authorities
  • Fisheries
  • Landowners/ managers
  • Forestry
  • Aquaculture
  • National Parks
  • SEPA Staff
  • Public
  • Developers
  • Water


  • Bathing waters
  • Water Regulation
  • Diffuse pollution
  • Fisheries
  • Water Quality
  • River Basin Management Planning