The Somerset Water Management Partnership (SWMP) provides an opportunity for a group of stakeholders to meet together to consider water matters of significance affecting, or with the potential to affect, the communities, landscape, economy and ecology in the catchment areas of the Parrett, Brue, Axe and their tributaries.
The Partnership provides a forum in which consultation can take place, debate issues and test whether a consensus can be achieved and if so to then communicate it.
The partnership was officially launched in April 2007. Full membership comprises of; Somerset County Council, the Environment Agency, Taunton Deane District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, South Somerset District Council, National Farmers Union (NFU), Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), Somerset Wildlife Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Somerset Consortium of Drainage Boards, South West Association of Drainage Authorities, Somerset Waterways Development Trust, Wessex Water, Natural England and 'catchment reps' representing local communities.
The partnership meets quarterly. Members of the public can attend as observers, and ask questions.
More information can be found at the SWMP webpage.