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Projects River Basin Management Planning

Methods for controlling or eradicating aquatic invasive species

Since the adoption of the EC Water Framework Directive (WFD), much work has been carried out on the impact of alien invasive species on the ecological status of surface waters. The WFD ‘programmes of measures’ provide a mechanism for improving the state of the aquatic environment and for tackling...

Emerging Contaminants of Concern in Waters

Emerging technologies can deliver great benefits, but may also carry risks to the environment and/or human health. Furthermore, existing contaminants in the environment may increase in importance with our improved understanding of their behaviour and interaction with relevant organisms in a...

Benefits of catchment management for improving drinking water quality

The potential benefits of catchment management for improving drinking water quality are widely recognised and evidence is beginning to show that this is a cost-effective way to reduce the costs of treatment. There are also benefits beyond the protection and improvement of drinking water quality...

Impacts of riparian alien species on aquatic habitats and species

What impact do riparian invasive non-native plant species (Rhododendron ponticum and its hybrids, Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), Himalayan balsam (Impatiens grandulifera), and giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) have on freshwater habitats and species?   This report summarises the...

Water, Health and Well-being

This project, carried out between April 2011 and December 2012, contributed to our understanding by raising stakeholder awareness of the state of knowledge of the role of water in relation to well-being (e.g. a cause of stress, or a factor influencing psychological restoration); collating the state...

CATCH-II

Fully integrated catchment management planning Catchment Advice Template and Exchange II (CATCH-II). This project established a common understanding of the activities and objectives of integrated catchment management (ICM) projects and policy-makers/implementers in Scotland. It used the knowledge...

River functioning and resilience - The Scottish Rivers Handbook

The project raises awareness of fundamental concepts in fluvial geomorphology and its importance in determining the habitat that river ecosystems rely on and its role in natural flood management (NFM). The work also aimed to promote best practice for managing and restoring the geomorphology of...

Evaluating CREW

The aim of CREW is to increase the networks between researchers, policy makers and practitioners; skills and capacity of researchers to share knowledge; and impact of knowledge generated. The Evaluating Science, Policy, Practice Interfaces (ESPPI) project undertakes evaluation of CREW on a yearly...
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To what extent could water quality be improved by reducing the phosphorus content in animal feed?

Background Phosphorus is responsible for widespread water quality problems in Scotland. Animal feed (imported feed fed to commercial livestock) is known to contribute to this issue. Measures to reduce the phosphorus content of animal feed in Northern Ireland have reportedly helped to combat this...

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