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Waterfall in small stream
1st February 2017

Investigating the sensitivity of river wetted habitat to changes in flow

The relationship between flow and ecological health is an indirect one. Individual species and ecological communities respond to physical variables such as flow velocity, wetted habitat area, depth, and stream power. However, these variables are related to flow and, due to the fact that it is more...
Ploughed farm field
1st December 2016

Valuing Your Soils Guidance Events

It can take 500 years to replace 25 mm (1 inch) of top soil, yet in the UK it is estimated that 2.9 million tonnes of soil are eroded each year, and soil quality is diminished by poor practices. Through a previous CREW project, the “Valuing Your Soils” guidance brochure was published and case study...
Drains at a shopping complex
20th May 2017

Investigate the potential for Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) retrofitting in industrial estates

Industrial estates have long been recognised as significant sources of pollution. Most were built prior to Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) being a requirement for new developments, and many have surface water drainage systems conveying the surface water directly to the nearest watercourse....
Log structure in stream
1st January 2017

Initiating a Scottish Natural Flood Management Network for sharing best practice

Scotland is seen as leading the way in the implementation of the Floods Directive, particularly with respect to natural flood management (NFM). There is a significant amount of work taking place across Scotland in order to deliver NFM projects and there is a clear need for knowledge exchange (e.g....
13th July 2017

Developing Scotland’s Shellfish Water monitoring programme

Good quality water in shellfish production areas is essential to ensuring a good quality product which is safe for human consumption. The shellfish industry in Scotland helps support fragile remote rural economic communities and also has significant potential for growth, actively supported by...
Farmfields
9th August 2017

Factoring Ecological Significance of Sources into Phosphorus Source Apportionment Phase 2

Models describing the relative contributions of phosphorus (P) from different sources to water bodies (source apportionment) are key tools in determining priorities for mitigation strategies within the River Basin Management Planning process under the Water Framework Directive (WFD). Previous...
Cows in pasture near estuary
1st November 2012

Factoring Ecological Significance of Sources into Phosphorus Source Apportionment

Models describing the relative contributions of phosphorus (P) from different sources to water bodies (source apportionment) are key tools in determining priorities for mitigation strategies within the River Basin Management Planning process under the Water Framework Directive (WFD). SEPA have made...

Value of water resources

The overall aim of this project is to examine the literature and evidence related to value of water resources to inform the implementation of the duty in the Bill. It must examine the value  of water resources in a Scottish context both in quantitative and qualitative terms.

Innovations in aquatic monitoring

SEPA have requested a review highlighting examples of monitoring where personal monitors have the potential to be, or currently are, being used for aquatic monitoring. The review should take into account technologies which can be used by field/technical staff and members of the public as part of...

Inspiring Aquatic Monitoring - A review of innovative approaches to monitoring the aquatic environment

This project carried out an international review of monitoring networks to identify and summarise innovative approaches to inform monitoring under the water Framework Directive. SEPA said "As we review our monitoring networks to support the second cycle of the River Basin Management Plan, it's very...

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