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1st March 2015

Benefits of private water supply grants

Private water supplies provide ~3% of the Scottish population with their main source of drinking water. Many more people encounter private supplies when they stay in holiday accommodation and visit the more remote parts of Scotland, although PWS can be found in urban areas. The quality of these...
1st March 2015

Surface water flood forecasting for urban communities: A Review

In urban areas, the impacts of surface water flooding can be very severe as such environments are generally densely populated and contain vital infrastructure. In recent years there have been regular occurrences of urban flooding in many parts of the UK with surface water flooding accounting for...
Pie charts of changing ecological significance of sources
23rd October 2014

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). Previous...
1st June 2014

Scotland Rural Development programme 2014-20 - recommendations for targeting support to deliver maximum benefit for the water environment

The Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) supports Scottish objectives that match the priorities of the European Union Rural Development Programme. A key requirement in the 2014 - 20 SRDP is to address the EU 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme priorities for (i) restoring and preserving...
1st May 2014

Piloting a water restoration park in Scotland

This report responds to a CREW call down request submitted by Scottish Water to support the establishment of a pilot Water Restoration Park at a waste water treatment works (wwtw) to reclaim, recycle and market the waste water. The research sought to investigate potential locations to pilot a Water...
1st March 2014

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...
1st October 2013

Natural Flood Management in the context of UK reservoir legislation

A short policy paper has been requested by Scottish Government via the call down service, detailing the issues managers come up against when implementing NFM in relation to UK reservior legislation.  Information is sought on whether these issues still apply under the new Reservoirs Act.
1st August 2013

Optimising Water Framework Directive River Basin Management Planning Using an Ecosystem Services Approach

This project was undertaken for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, via a request to the CREW call down service as part of a range of SEPA initiatives under their Embedding Ecosystem Services work stream. The objective of this report is to review the process of River Basin Management...
1st July 2013

Fats, Oils and Greases

There are approximately 200,000 sewer blockages throughout the UK every year. It is estimated around 75% are caused by FOG (Mills, 2010). Problems caused by FOG in the sewer system not only affect the performance of the sewer system and waste water treatment works (WWTW) but may also reduce asset...
1st July 2013

Innovations in aquatic monitoring

This report is in response to a request from SEPA via CREW to highlight examples of monitoring where personal monitors have the potential to be, or currently are, being used. In this report, we review existing technology for acquiring, processing and reporting on environmental data in the field....