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9th March 2017

Methods for controlling or eradicating aquatic invasive species

This report covers control measures for 13 high or moderate impact, and one ‘alarm’ species on the UKTAG list that were not covered by the Aldridge report for Natural England. It draws information from published and unpublished literature, listed best  practices, technical reports, unpublished...
9th March 2017

Water Resource Balancing: Is a closed loop system possible that enables sustainable rural supplies?

The aim of this work was to carry out a mass balance of energy, nutrients and other potential resources at a range of scales (single house, small community and large urban scale). The focus of the study was on waste water treatment and resource  recovery. The study considered whether a closed...
22nd February 2017

Radon in groundwater drinking water supplies in Scotland

Are radon concentrations in drinking water higher in the high-risk area, where the underlying geology is likely to deliver high radon concentrations in groundwater and indoor-air, than elsewhere in Scotland? What should the minimum allowable radon concentration (parametric value) and action level...
22nd February 2017

Water quality and radon: Implications for Scotland of the provisions and scope of the Council Directive 2013/51/Euratom for radon in drinking water

The European Commission published a new Directive under the Euratom Treaty (Council Directive 2013/51/Euratom, hereafter reported as the Directive) laying down requirements for the concentrations of radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption. As part of an on-going review of the...
7th February 2017

Odour management and monitoring in Scottish wasterwater treatment plants

Wastewater treatment works in Scotland have evolved substantially in the past 20 years.  During the 1990s, major investments were made to comply with the Urban Wastewater Treatment directive.  These investments were designed to protect the environment from the adverse effects of urban...
30th January 2017

Effect of Soil Structure and Field Drainage on Water Quality and Flood Risk

This report provides a broad assessment of the state of soil structure and drainage on commercial farms in four selected catchments during autumn/winter 2015/2016.  We describe the policy implications of the findings. Similar UK studies are used to discuss our results. This project was...
27th January 2017

Assessing the combined effectiveness of Scotland's rural diffuse pollution measures in reducing FIO from a livestock catchment

SEPA are proposing to adopt monitoring to show effectiveness of rural diffuse pollution measures in reducing FIO from a livestock catchment. This will draw from the recommendations in the CREW report “Monitoring guidance to assess the effectiveness of the Rural Diffuse Pollution Plan”. Before SEPA...