San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
River Restoration and the Water Framework Directive
Seminar and panel discussion
University of Durham, The Arthur Holmes Lecture Theatre (CG91), Chemistry Building
(15 on the map) https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/map/DurhammapandkeyMarch2014.pdf.
Dr Duncan Wishart, Principal Fluvial Geomorphologist at the Environment Agency, will provide a personal, professional perspective on the role of the Agency in facilitating, supporting, regulating, promoting and delivering river restoration schemes across the north of England in partnership with a range of organisations. He will describe the critical factors that contribute to getting successful schemes off the ground and lessons learnt in delivery.
Mark Tinsdeall’s presentation will describe how Yorkshire Water is responding to the challenges presented by the Water Framework Directive. It will cover the role that river restoration, and the removal of barriers to fish migration, is playing in the company’s compliance strategy. Mark will also describe the important roles that fieldwork, habitat mapping, monitoring, flow trials, sediment trials and pilot projects are playing in underpinning this strategy.
Research around river restoration tends to examine large-scale natural environment interventions and high profile environmental controversies. However a lot of restoration work regularly takes place without the need to justify a decision to a broader polity. Research focused on the minutia of decision-making group dynamics for relatively small-scale interventions is rare. Dr Louise Bracken from Durham University will examine two WFD related interventions in the River Esk North Yorkshire, a meander cut-off and a habitat restoration project. In both cases the data and evidence used to support decision making will be examined.
Dr Sally German will then provide an overview of the challenges faced by consultants engaged to appraise and design river restoration projects, balancing the client’s need for cost certainty, quality and surety of outcome against budgetary constraints. Her presentation will describe how the skills of fluvial geomorphologists, ecologists and river engineers need to be integrated, as well as the beneficial role that specialist contractors can play in developing value for money solutions.
There will be an interactive panel group discussion and trip to the pub afterwards.
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CIWEM Tyne and Humber Branch
Working for the public benefit for a clean, green and sustainable world, CIWEM (The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) is the only independent, chartered professional body and registered charity with an integrated approach to environmental, social and cultural issues.