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Projects River Basin Management Planning

28th May 2019

Pathways of Diffuse Pollution to the Water Environment

The River Basin Management Plans set out Scotland’s ambition to improve from 62% of waterbodies in Scotland at good status to 88% by 2027, and 93% in the longer term. Tackling rural diffuse pollution is key to achieving these aims. The primary focus of Scotland’s strategy to tackling diffuse...
28th May 2019

Monitoring techniques and sampling strategies to identify the most significant sources of FIO within a catchment

  The Bathing Waters (Scotland) Regulations 2008 requires SEPA to provide information on sources of pollution that affect bathing waters and act to ensure any degraded bathing waters achieve sufficient status or better. There is also a specific requirement for SEPA to identify the major...
Mossy tree stump
26th April 2018

Natural sources of phenols and mitigation measures to reduce their release into the water environment

The phenols of interest in this project are those that occur naturally in the environment, for example due to decomposition of organic matter, and those that enter the environment due to forest fires, muirburn or wildfires. There is limited understanding regarding the source of these natural...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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....
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...
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...

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