14th September 2018
Developing Scotland's Shellfish Water monitoring programme
This project set out to develop recommendations for delivery of a scientifically robust, efficient and cost-effective sanitary survey programme and environmental monitoring programme to better inform Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) shellfish...
17th April 2018
What evidence does SEPA need to deliver RMBP objectives for 2027 for rural diffuse pollution pressures?
Rural diffuse pollution is the main cause of downgrades to the water quality of Scotland. The objective for this workshop was to confirm the evidence gaps in our understanding of rural diffuse pollution, which are hindering the delivery of the ambitious RBMP improvement objectives set for...
22nd November 2017
Scotland's Water Sector Map 2017
In 2015, a review of Scotland’s Water Sector was published by CREW in support of the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation Strategy. This work reported on the scope and the scale of Scotland’s Water Sector, and how different parts of the sector link together using visual tools in the form of Scotland’...
14th March 2017
Methods for controlling or eradicating aquatic invasive species
This report covers control measures for 13 high or moderate impact, and one ‘alarm’ species on the UKTAG list that were not covered by the Aldridge report for Natural England. It draws information from published and unpublished literature, listed best practices, technical reports, unpublished...
20th February 2017
Effect of Soil Structure and Field Drainage on Water Quality and Flood Risk
This report provides a broad assessment of the state of soil structure and drainage on commercial farms in four selected catchments during autumn/winter 2015/2016. We describe the policy implications of the findings. Similar UK studies are used to discuss our results. This project was...
27th January 2017
Assessing the combined effectiveness of Scotland's rural diffuse pollution measures in reducing FIO from a livestock catchment
SEPA are proposing to adopt monitoring to show effectiveness of rural diffuse pollution measures in reducing FIO from a livestock catchment. This will draw from the recommendations in the CREW report “Monitoring guidance to assess the effectiveness of the Rural Diffuse Pollution Plan”. Before SEPA...
1st April 2016
River restoration and biodiversity
The river environments of the UK and Ireland are special for their biodiversity and also the beneficial services they provide to humans. However after centuries of damage inflicted on them, our rivers have changed greatly and continue to be threatened. This means that effective river restoration...
1st March 2016
Developing a methodology for screening and identifying potential sources of bacteria to improve bathing, shellfish and drinking water quality
Although the quality of water in Scotland is generally very good, bacteria can pose a risk to human health via shellfish, bathing and drinking water quality issues. Faecal indicator organisms are of primary concern, since they are the key microbial water quality compliance parameters – specifically...
1st March 2016
To what extent could water quality be improved by reducing the phosphorous content in animal feed?
The latest River Basin Management Plan (RBMP; Scottish Government, 2015) states that 16% of waterbodies are below good status for water quality, and 246 waterbodies face rural diffuse pressures. Rural diffuse pollution has been identified as the number one water quality issue. Previous water...
1st January 2016
Are Scotland’s soils really wetter in winter than in the past?
Good soil structure and field drainage systems are key to achieving good water quality and minimising flood risk. They are also vital for agricultural productivity and in the greenhouse gas balance of many soil systems.