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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...
16th June 2016

A review of current practice in the provision of water and wastewater services by private developers

Small water and wastewater systems installed by private developers are a common feature across rural Scotland.   Private developers have two options for service provision: 1. Connect to existing public services at a cost to them 2. Build private systems and operate and/or seek a vesting agreement...

Reviewing techniques for monitoring fine sediments

Freshwater pearl mussels are critically endangered in Europe, with many of the largest remaining populations in Scotland.  A number of studies in Europe have monitored fine sediment, or its effects, in relation to freshwater pearl mussel populations.  As a result, fine sediment is recognised as one...
1st April 2016

Investigation of shallow water LiDAR

Ongoing assessment of water body condition is fundamental to meeting the objectives of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The morphological status of the water bodies has an important role within the WFD, for this reason, an accurate assessment of status of the physical condition will be of...
21st October 2015

A review of the approach taken across the EU and internationally to the management of small scale water supplies

Small scale water supplies are a common feature in rural areas across Europe and internationally. Safe and acceptable water for human consumption that is available in sufficient quantity, physically accessible, and affordable is a crucial prerequisite for human wellbeing and social justice. Access...
3rd August 2015

Application of simple indicators to assess the role of soils in determining risks to water quality

The CREW project ‘Developing simple indicators to assess the role of soils in determining risks to water quality’ produced a methodology and four soil risk indicators (run-off, leaching, compaction and erosion).  This approach enables existing soil information to be used by non-soil specialists to...

Methods for controlling or eradicating aquatic invasive species

Since the adoption of the EC Water Framework Directive (WFD), much work has been carried out on the impact of alien invasive species on the ecological status of surface waters. The WFD ‘programmes of measures’ provide a mechanism for improving the state of the aquatic environment and for tackling...
1st June 2015

Design and build Guidance for Rural Sustainable Drainage Systems to collect / intercept field or steading run-off

Run-off from fields and farm steadings can present a pollution risk to receiving waterbodies.  Treatment systems such as RSuDS have the potential to help reduce the pollution risks such drainage can present.  The SRDP 2014-2020 contains options to help provide a contribution towards the costs of...
20th December 2015

Development of a Screening Framework to improve Bathing and Shellfish Water Quality

A key objective of the second and third River Basin Management Plans will involve the protection and improvement of identified bathing waters and shellfish waters which are at risk of failing WFD objectives due to bacterial contamination. These waters may be at risk from multiple sources of...
22nd October 2015

The North Glasgow Integrated Water Management System: A review

The Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership is made up of Scottish Water, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Canals, South Lanarkshire Council, Clyde Gateway, Scottish Enterprise, Renfrewshire Council, East Dunbartonshire Council and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and...

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