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Report front cover photos of River Leven
12th September 2019

River Leven Catchment Initiative: Synthesis of current knowledge to help identify environmental management priorities to improve the water environment

The main aim of the study was to review and synthesise current knowledge relating to the water environment within the River Leven catchment, including the condition of its rivers, lochs and groundwater. The study addressed six main research questions. 1. What is the current condition of all rivers...
Integrated Water Resource Management in Southern Malawi
16th August 2019

Integrated Water Resource Management in Southern Malawi - Enhancement report for project expansion

Abertay University was commissioned by the Scottish Government through Hydro Nation International to explore ways to enhance the impact of Scottish Government support to the Government of Malawi in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6).  The project involved: • A review of...
CREW_topo-bathymetric LiDAR
13th May 2019

Topo-bathymetric LiDAR in support of hydromorphological assessment, river restoration and flood risk management

This project evaluated topo-bathymetric LiDAR* data for the Rivers Dee and Garry by assessing performance in terms of: (1) accuracy (2) spatial resolution (point density) (3) completeness of data and (4) measurement of water depth. The research also considered aspects relating to the...
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...
Scotland's Water Sector Map
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...