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Rural community on Isle of Skye
1st January 2018

Private water supplies: Are they inhibiting growth and flexibility of the rural economy, or impacting population distribution?

Private water supplies (PWS) are those supplies that are not provided by Scottish Water, and instead are the responsibility of their owners and users. A key policy priority for Scottish Government is how to make these supplies sustainable and of good quality and quantity. Private supplies are...
water droplets
12th October 2017

A review of investment decisions at small drinking water supply systems with declining water quality issues

Since 2002 Scottish Water, supported by the Scottish Government, has successfully delivered a capital investment program which has brought about measurable improvements to drinking water quality and service levels across Scotland aimed at delivering compliance with the Water Scotland Act, and...
30th November 2017

National Coastal Change Assessment 2: Enhancing the evidence base and our ability to adapt

The CREW-funded National Coastal Change Assessment (NCCA) has revolutionised the evidence base of coastal change. The entire 21,000 km of the Scottish coastline has been categorised and 3,800 km of potentially erodible ‘soft’ coast identified and investigated to quantify historic and recent...
Mossy tree stump
26th April 2018

Natural sources of phenols and mitigation measures to reduce their release into the water environment

The phenols of interest in this project are those that occur naturally in the environment, for example due to decomposition of organic matter, and those that enter the environment due to forest fires, muirburn or wildfires. There is limited understanding regarding the source of these natural...
Flooding across a road
22nd August 2018

The attitudes of communities at risk of flooding to natural flood management

Working with natural processes to manage flood risk (natural flood management or NFM) is integrated into Scottish flood risk management (FRM) planning through the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009. Currently 106 actions have been identified in the FRM Strategies and Local FRM Plans which...
19th August 2018

Reduction of pharmaceuticals in the water environment: Baseline assessment and recommendations

Wastewater treatment works are not able to fully remove all pharmaceuticals and their metabolites, leading to the unintended release of these compounds in the water environment. These substances can be ecotoxic, bio-accumulate, and contribute to the introduction/spread of anti-microbial resistant...
Farm fields
13th June 2018

Phosphorus flow mapping to identify opportunities for recovery and reuse

The need to look for more local sources of phosphorus (P), such as recycling of P in waste, becomes increasingly important as rock-phosphate quality declines. Moving towards a closed P cycle has the potential to decrease cost, increase sustainability, reduce pollution, and improve local and...
Hydropower dam
25th January 2018

Water and the circular economy - where is the greatest sustainable economic benefit for resource recovery in the water cycle?

Driven by environmental, social and economic benefits and the increasing pressure on resources, the need for more considerate use and recovery of resources is growing. In recognition of this, the EU has resource efficiency as a priority going forward. The “Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe”...
Waterfall in small stream
1st February 2017

Investigating the sensitivity of river wetted habitat to changes in flow

The relationship between flow and ecological health is an indirect one. Individual species and ecological communities respond to physical variables such as flow velocity, wetted habitat area, depth, and stream power. However, these variables are related to flow and, due to the fact that it is more...
Ploughed farm field
1st December 2016

Valuing Your Soils Guidance Events

It can take 500 years to replace 25 mm (1 inch) of top soil, yet in the UK it is estimated that 2.9 million tonnes of soil are eroded each year, and soil quality is diminished by poor practices. Through a previous CREW project, the “Valuing Your Soils” guidance brochure was published and case study...