Salmon and Trout Conservation UK - Hampshire

Water Resources Officer

The water officer's job is to monitor applications to discharge water into or extract water from a water system in Hampshire and raise a warning where he (or she) believes this may affect the water system adversely. It is not hard work and does not take a lot of time but it does require efficiency and judgement.

It is hard to describe and quantify the advantage we will all gain by having an active water resources officer. In joining the Salmon and Trout Association, most of us have decided that our sport needs protecting and improving and that we want to be part of it. It is probably not the big ticket items where a water resources officer is going to make a difference. It is more likely to be the questions asked around the smaller benign looking requests where no-one has thought to ask “what are the risks to our water habitats from this decision?”.

The Role

Typically the job entails the following:-

Judgement does improve with experience and learning to recognise the danger signs helps you work smarter. We don’t look upon it as a job for life, but we do feel that it is one of the core services a branch should provide.

We were told that the Water Resources officer should be an exception to the aim that no person should hold the same office for more than three years as the learning curve is not steep but long. Clearly this advice was heeded, our recent officers have been: