Knowledge to solutions – a water company perspective
Expert Forum January 2012
Miles Foulger
Environment Strategy Manager
...
What was our experience of the first
river basin plan?
And what was our response?
Substantial investment in daughter direc...
1 Heavily Modified Water Bodies Investigations
….aka reservoirs
All YWS Reservoirs designated as HMWB under WFD
Must achie...
YW HMWB Investigation
Measures to deliver GEP potentially impact on operations and
yield
Aim of investigation:
• ensure an...
2 Catchment Management
• 2 years comprehensive monitoring pre-intervention
• 5 more years post-implementation monitoring
Peatlands take time to c...
Restore the hydrology through physical intervention: grip &
gully blocking/ reprofiling. Identification and blocking of
su...
Taking R&D into practice
Using knowledge to guide SSSI Recovery project
Oppose new heather
on deep peatRestrict burning on...
Water Quality
Grouse
Farming
Landscape
Carbon
Flooding
Access
Biodiversity
Water
resources
RBWD
Developing (& implementing...
3 Water quality investigations
• Understand the impact of the
Company’s discharges on the
receiving environment
• Where we...
Investigation groups
• Generics
• Urban Pollution Management
• Revised Bathing Water Directive
• Eutrophication
• Chemistry
The Don Network
4 Communication4 Communication
The Don Network
The Don Network
The EA and YWS are leading a partnership project to pilot
ways of meeting WFD requirements...
Cycle 2 planning
‘The river basin management plans from catchment
level information, presenting much of the detail and
sup...
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  1. 1. Knowledge to solutions – a water company perspective Expert Forum January 2012 Miles Foulger Environment Strategy Manager Yorkshire Water “Water is not a commercial product like any other but, rather, a heritage which must be protected…”
  2. 2. What was our experience of the first river basin plan? And what was our response? Substantial investment in daughter directives • Fresh Water Fisheries Directive • Groundwater Directive • Bathing Beach Directive Innovation 1. Heavily modified water bodies 2. Catchment Management 3. Water quality investigations 4. Communication
  3. 3. 1 Heavily Modified Water Bodies Investigations ….aka reservoirs All YWS Reservoirs designated as HMWB under WFD Must achieve ‘Good Ecological Potential’ GEP - compliance GEP = presence of Mitigation Measures • Driver 1: Impact on fish movement • Driver 2: Impact on downstream river flows • Driver 3: Impact on morphology of river • Driver 4: Impact on water quality of downstream river • Driver 5: Impacts on lake level regime
  4. 4. YW HMWB Investigation Measures to deliver GEP potentially impact on operations and yield Aim of investigation: • ensure any measures are technically feasible and not disproportionately costly How? • trialling the effectiveness of mitigation measures: • physical constraints – what can we do ? • determine costs (capex, water, opex) ? • determine benefits?
  5. 5. 2 Catchment Management
  6. 6. • 2 years comprehensive monitoring pre-intervention • 5 more years post-implementation monitoring Peatlands take time to change – long term protection
  7. 7. Restore the hydrology through physical intervention: grip & gully blocking/ reprofiling. Identification and blocking of sub-surface peat pipes. Red gullies will be targeted Yellow gullies will be left Blue peat pipes blocked with plastic piling & peat dams Coloured dots show location of existing WQ monitoring points
  8. 8. Taking R&D into practice Using knowledge to guide SSSI Recovery project Oppose new heather on deep peatRestrict burning on blanket bog Permit new heather on “safe” mineral soils Endorse grip blocking to re-wet peat Encourage alternative DSH to reduce burn area frequency
  9. 9. Water Quality Grouse Farming Landscape Carbon Flooding Access Biodiversity Water resources RBWD Developing (& implementing) integrated catchment management • Multiple objectives • and interests….. Rivers & fish
  10. 10. 3 Water quality investigations • Understand the impact of the Company’s discharges on the receiving environment • Where we are the cause of adverse impacts, identify appropriate solutions • Put forward solutions for future AMP investment
  11. 11. Investigation groups • Generics • Urban Pollution Management • Revised Bathing Water Directive • Eutrophication • Chemistry
  12. 12. The Don Network 4 Communication4 Communication
  13. 13. The Don Network The Don Network The EA and YWS are leading a partnership project to pilot ways of meeting WFD requirements in the Don catchment The objective of the Don Network Trial new methods of engagement to develop a ‘Catchment Action Plan’ for the Don catchment To meet the requirements of the Water Framework Directive: to achieve ‘good ecological status’ in all waterbodies by 2027 Form the basis of the next River Basin Management Plan
  14. 14. Cycle 2 planning ‘The river basin management plans from catchment level information, presenting much of the detail and supporting information required by the Directive in easily accessible electronic formats, rather than the 24000 pages of PDFs which form the current plans’ To conclude… We aim to address the risks and uncertainties from RBMP1 by building our technical understanding and modelling to be able to predict and test solution scenarios. WFD can not be delivered by conventional engineering solutions alone – we need innovation We will play a fuller role in RBMP2 and aim to invest wisely on our customers behalf to make a real difference to the environment of Yorkshire. • Science is key • Integration & engagement are challenges
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