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The Ribble catchment covers a varied landscape that has been shaped by a variety of activities, including livestock farming in the upper part of the catchment to the industrialised urban areas such as Blackburn in the middle part of the catchment. These activities have all had an impact upon the water quality and quantity of the Ribble.  Historically, the landscape has also been modified as watercourses and wetlands were altered to improve land drainage.

Ribble Catchment

Ribble Estuary Waste water discharges into river Water abstraction from rivers reducing flow Obstruction to fish migration Flooding in urban areas Drinking water reservoir Weirs and culverts in rivers Bathing waters impacted by inland activities Tidal Flooding Contaminated runoff from urban areas and roads Exploitation of salmon and sea trout stocks Abstracting groundwater from aquifers Diffuse pollution from agriculture Invasive species Upland drainage accelerates run-off

Source: Environment Agency Integrated Management Plan for the Ribble