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Projects River Basin Management Planning

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...
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...
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...
River in highlands
13th October 2014

River restoration and biodiversity

There is wide variability in the river restoration work undertaken throughout the British Isles. This makes it difficult to assess (a) how restoration is contributing towards ecosystem structure and functioning (and therefore ecosystem health), and (b) whether river restoration is benefiting...
1st October 2014

Effect of soil structure and field drainage on water quality and flood risks

Good soil structure and functioning field drainage systems are key to achieving good water quality and minimising flood risk.  They are also vital for agricultural productivity and play a key role in the greenhouse gas balance of many soil systems. This project, led by the  University of Aberdeen...
1st August 2013

Scottish Water Sector Overview Map

Water has always been central to Scotland’s prosperity and we have a reputation for a high quality water environment, however energy use in the water industry is a primary source of CO2 emissions (CO2e) and as we face stricter water quality standards due to the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD),...
Cows in pasture near estuary
1st November 2012

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). SEPA have made...

Value of water resources

The overall aim of this project is to examine the literature and evidence related to value of water resources to inform the implementation of the duty in the Bill. It must examine the value  of water resources in a Scottish context both in quantitative and qualitative terms.

Innovations in aquatic monitoring

SEPA have requested a review highlighting examples of monitoring where personal monitors have the potential to be, or currently are, being used for aquatic monitoring. The review should take into account technologies which can be used by field/technical staff and members of the public as part of...