The challenges facing our water environment in the Solway Tweed

Closed 19 Jun 2020

Opened 19 Dec 2019

Results updated 30 Aug 2021

The Significant Water Management Issues report was published on 19 December 2019 and is an important part of the river basin planning process. It set out our assessment of the biggest challenges for the future of Scotland’s water environment ahead of the third river basin plans that run from 2021 to 2027. It included a consultation, which was open from 19 December 2019 to 19 June 2020, in which we asked whether or not you agreed with our assessment and prioritisation of these issues. The consultation is part of a wider, ongoing engagement with stakeholders.

This is the summary of the responses received to the consultations.



The water environment is essential to life and is integral to the health and wellbeing of local communities. However it is under pressure from climate change and a legacy of historic demands. We must protect the water environment from further harm and look for opportunities to restore it.

River Basin Planning, and the legislation which underpins it, is the main way that this work will be delivered. It will contribute towards bringing wider benefits, reducing waste and pollution by improving resource efficiency and increasing resilience to climate change.

This report focuses on the challenges to the water environment in the catchments that include the border between Scotland and England and are shown on Map 2. In these catchments SEPA and the Environment Agency work closely together and with our partners to achieve improvements within the framework of our individual regulations.  

You may also be interested in The Significant Water Management Issues report consultation, which covers the whole of Scotland, including all of the Scotland River Basin District and the parts of the Solway Tweed River Basin District which lie in Scotland. The Environment Agency have also launched a consultation seeking views on the challenges the water environments face and the choices needed to improve and protect this vital and precious resource in England : Water Challenges and Choices Consultation 

Responding online will help us collate and analyse the information you provide and we would prefer responses to be submitted through this tool. This consultation is also available on our website. Alternatively, if you are unable to access the online tool, you can respond by email to or by writing to SEPA at:

SEPA RBMP Unit, Strathallan House, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK94TZ

This consultation runs from 19 December 2019 to 19 June 2020.


  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Distilling
  • Hydropower
  • Local Authorities
  • Responsible Authorities
  • Fisheries
  • Industry


  • Bathing waters
  • Water Regulation
  • Diffuse pollution
  • Restoration
  • Fisheries
  • Protected areas
  • Water Quality
  • Water flows and levels