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1st July 2013

Reducing pollution from forestry related activities in the Galloway and Eskdalemuir forests: A review of Best Management Practices to reduce diffuse pollution

This report, in response to a call down request by SEPA, aims to collate existing information on forest management practices from national and international case studies. It reviews the effectiveness of these measures to help reduce non-point sources of pollution entering water courses.
1st June 2013

The Scottish Rivers Handbook

'The Scottish Rivers Handbook’ produced by the James Hutton Institute and the University of Stirling for CREW, is an accessible, fully illustrated 36 page book that gives an overview of the physical character of Scotland’s rivers. The book aims to educate people on working with river processes and...
1st April 2013

UK and Ireland natural flood management practitioner workshop

On the 19th of February, 2013 a practitioners’ NFM workshop was held in Edinburgh. The main objective of the workshop was to exchange knowledge about practical aspects of NFM implementation. By gathering NFM practitioners together and people researching the impacts of NFM, key sticking points and...
1st April 2013

The uses for ozone in the treatment of water and wastewater

In most water treatment plants ozone is used for multiple applications. Ozone is now used as a disinfectant, an oxidant of organic and inorganic molecules, a coagulant aid, removing taste and odour, a means of controlling algae and as a way of biologically stabilising water. Ozone is very effective...
1st March 2013

The potential risks to water quality from diffuse pollution driven by future land use and climate change

Part of the WFD Article 5 reporting requirements is an element of horizon scanning to the middle of this century to identify potential risks to water quality from diffuse pollution driven by future land use and climate change. A review has been carried out and the key changes that might result from...
1st March 2013

Aerial Spraying Guidance for the Protection of Watercourses

A 6 page report which examines the protocol for aerial spraying of Asulam (for bracken control). The existing operational protocol for spraying by helicopter requires a minimum 50 meter no-spray buffer zone from all surface water bodies, wells, boreholes and springs. This report looks at 1) the...
1st February 2013

Value of Scotland's Water Resources

Short accessible briefing summaring current academic thinking and evidence on the value of water resources. It considers the Scottish context and examines how the value of water resources might be developed. Produced for the stage 3 debate for the Water Resources (Scotland) Bill which took place in...
1st February 2013

Impact of riparian invasive non-native plant species on freshwater habitats and species

This short report summarises the documented impacts of riparian invasive non-native plant species Rhododendron (Rhododendron ponticum and its hybrids), Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica), Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens grandulifera), and Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) on freshwater...
1st January 2013

The use of alum sludge and sewage sludge as a soil improver on Barra

A key guiding principle is that the use of organic wastes as a fertiliser should only be used on land that would normally be fertilised as part of its management regime otherwise it becomes a waste disposal route rather than a beneficial recycling activity. This is paramount to both the external...
1st December 2012

Blue Health: Water, Health & Well-being – Salutogenic Benefits

This research builds on the current evidence base showing a salutogentic (i.e. health improving) benefit of green space (termed “green health”). Based on this evidence we posited that water settings (blue space) should hold similar health benefits, i.e. offer opportunities for increased physical...