Water Quality And Regulation

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Martin Marsden, SEPA, on water quality & regulation. Presentation to World Water Day workshop, organised by University of Dundee, on 22 March 2010

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  • Multiple pressures and cross benefits: Primarily driven by diffuse pollution impacts and pressures, by also to take account of other pressures such as morphology, flood risk and abstraction. These are related and one measure may mitigate risk for all pressures. Collaborate with external organisations: Many ongoing measures and resources being spent in terms of time and money. Work in cooperation will save money and allow expertise to be shared between organisations. Geographical spread – to allow national resource to be used most effectively and to allow planned improvements across Scotland/ Area Advisory Groups
  • Multiple pressures and cross benefits: Primarily driven by diffuse pollution impacts and pressures, by also to take account of other pressures such as morphology, flood risk and abstraction. These are related and one measure may mitigate risk for all pressures. Collaborate with external organisations: Many ongoing measures and resources being spent in terms of time and money. Work in cooperation will save money and allow expertise to be shared between organisations. Geographical spread – to allow national resource to be used most effectively and to allow planned improvements across Scotland/ Area Advisory Groups
  • Multiple pressures and cross benefits: Primarily driven by diffuse pollution impacts and pressures, by also to take account of other pressures such as morphology, flood risk and abstraction. These are related and one measure may mitigate risk for all pressures. Collaborate with external organisations: Many ongoing measures and resources being spent in terms of time and money. Work in cooperation will save money and allow expertise to be shared between organisations. Geographical spread – to allow national resource to be used most effectively and to allow planned improvements across Scotland/ Area Advisory Groups
  • Multiple pressures and cross benefits: Primarily driven by diffuse pollution impacts and pressures, by also to take account of other pressures such as morphology, flood risk and abstraction. These are related and one measure may mitigate risk for all pressures. Collaborate with external organisations: Many ongoing measures and resources being spent in terms of time and money. Work in cooperation will save money and allow expertise to be shared between organisations. Geographical spread – to allow national resource to be used most effectively and to allow planned improvements across Scotland/ Area Advisory Groups
  • Water Quality And Regulation

    1. 1. Water Quality and Regulation in Scotland Martin Marsden Head of Environmental Quality Scottish Environment Protection Agency
    2. 2. Scottish Environment Protection Agency <ul><li>Responsible for: </li></ul><ul><li>Wide range of regulation, including controlling discharges to water, industrial/commercial emissions, waste management, radioactive substances. </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for monitoring state of environment. </li></ul><ul><li>River Basin Management Planning and Flood Risk Management. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Scotland’s water environment <ul><li>61% Good Status or better. </li></ul>17% of water bodies affected by pollution 10% are affected by agricultural diffuse pollution
    4. 4. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>Prioritising catchments impacted by diffuse agricultural pollution
    5. 5. Priority catchments up to 2015
    6. 6. Regulation of diffuse agricultural pollution <ul><li>Scottish Government has set general binding rules which cover the control of diffuse pollution (2008). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Storage of application of fertiliser </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping of livestock </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultivation of land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application of pesticides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operation of sheep dipping facilities. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will be working with other Scottish Agencies to raise awareness of the Regulations to help farmers to reduce pollution. </li></ul><ul><li>Where this is not effective SEPA may take enforcement action to requirement improvements. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Scotland’s ambition to reduce diffuse pollution Number of water bodies failing to achieve good status in the Scotland River Basin District

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