1st July 2015
Inspiring Aquatic Monitoring - A review of innovative approaches to monitoring the aquatic environment
This project carried out an international review of monitoring networks to identify and summarise innovative approaches to inform monitoring under the water Framework Directive. SEPA said "As we review our monitoring networks to support the second cycle of the River Basin Management Plan, it's very...
4th June 2015
Practical measures for reducing phosphorus and faecal microbial loads from onsite wastewater treatment system discharges to the environment A review
Onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS), the majority of which are septic tanks, are a contributing factor to phosphorus and faecal microbial loads. OWTS contribute to waterbodies failing to meet Water Framework Directive (WFD) objectives and as such, measures to improve the quality of OWTS...
1st June 2015
How do we increase public understanding of the benefits provided by SuDS?
There is a need to increase awareness of the benefits that water provides and how our actions can help protect and improve them. Concerns over water quality and quantity are increasing around the world and these are exacerbated by climate change and other pressures. Arguably, and having a plentiful...
1st June 2015
Spatially distributed modelling in support of the 2013 review of the Nitrates Directive
This report summarises the work undertaken at the James Hutton Institute of a modelling analysis of nitrate loads across Scotland as one stream of evidence to help underpin the NVZ review being undertaken by SEPA for the Scottish Government. This modelling work formed part of the core RESAS funded...
23rd October 2014
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). Previous...
1st June 2014
Scotland Rural Development programme 2014-20 - recommendations for targeting support to deliver maximum benefit for the water environment
The Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) supports Scottish objectives that match the priorities of the European Union Rural Development Programme. A key requirement in the 2014 - 20 SRDP is to address the EU 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme priorities for (i) restoring and preserving...
1st August 2013
Optimising Water Framework Directive River Basin Management Planning Using an Ecosystem Services Approach
This project was undertaken for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, via a request to the CREW call down service as part of a range of SEPA initiatives under their Embedding Ecosystem Services work stream. The objective of this report is to review the process of River Basin Management...
1st July 2013
Fats, Oils and Greases
There are approximately 200,000 sewer blockages throughout the UK every year. It is estimated around 75% are caused by FOG (Mills, 2010). Problems caused by FOG in the sewer system not only affect the performance of the sewer system and waste water treatment works (WWTW) but may also reduce asset...
1st July 2013
Innovations in aquatic monitoring
This report is in response to a request from SEPA via CREW to highlight examples of monitoring where personal monitors have the potential to be, or currently are, being used. In this report, we review existing technology for acquiring, processing and reporting on environmental data in the field....
1st July 2013
Reducing pollution from forestry related activities in the Galloway and Eskdalemuir forests: A review of Best Management Practices to reduce diffuse pollution
This report, in response to a call down request by SEPA, aims to collate existing information on forest management practices from national and international case studies. It reviews the effectiveness of these measures to help reduce non-point sources of pollution entering water courses.