Water Environment Governance Group (WEGG)
The Water Environment Governance Group (WEGG) will provide NWG with advice, guidance and external assurance on its water environment approach.

The group will help ensure, through development of and involvement in due process, that the approach taken delivers km of improvements to meet and exceed targets for NWG’s Water Environment Improvements outcome delivery incentive (OD) that are justified and of benefit to customers. The WEGG will also be responsible for providing evidence of external assurance to Ofwat through interactions with the Water Forum Environment Sub-Group.

Scope

The group will cover NWG’s approach to improving the water environment across its Northumbrian Water and Essex & Suffolk Water supply and operating areas (nine management catchments across the North East, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk). 

 

The water environment within these regions is considered to be all rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs, wetlands, beaches and coastline. 

 

Accessible water environment is defined as the areas of rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs, wetlands, beaches and coastline that customers can get to via public or private access, allowing customers to engage with, enjoy and benefit from water in the environment. 

 

Improvements delivered upstream may benefit downstream accessible areas. 

 

The WEGG will agree whether ideas, opportunities, schemes and projects fit within the scope of the approach and have the final say on eligibility.

Aims

The anticipated aims of the WEGG are to:

  1. Bring together key individuals to work together to provide NWG with advice, guidance and external assurance on its water environment approach, including the partnership scheme and ODI;
  2. Work closely with and provide strategic advice and support to NWG’s Water Environment ODI Lead, who will have overall responsibility for NWG’s water environment approach;
  3. Help ensure, through development of and involvement in due process, that the approach taken delivers km of improvements to meet and exceed targets for NWG’s Water Environment Improvements ODI that are justified and of benefit to customers;
  4. Provide a formal link to regional stakeholder groups and through these to other partnerships and partners, demonstrating external assurance and supporting engagement activity which can be of benefit to improving the water environment;
  5. Have oversight of the scheme, including the costs and benefits of planned investment, advising NWG on investment and spending against priorities, and reviewing ODI accounting;
  6. Provide evidence of external assurance to Ofwat on NWG’s Water Environment ODI through reporting to and interactions with the WF Environment Group.
Members

  • Chair - Richard Powell, Independent Member
  • Barry Bendall, The Rivers Trust
  • Graham Dale, CCW
  • Natalie LeBrun, RSPB
  • Melissa Lockwood, Environment Agency