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Biodiversity and GIS at Yorkshire Water Alex Curtis:  Environment Strategy Team Yorkshire Water
Introduction <ul><li>Yorkshire Water operational activities </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity, legislation and Yorkshire Wate...
What is biodiversity? Biodiversity is the variety of different species of plants or animals and also genetic diversity wit...
Yorkshire Water <ul><li>Supply 1.24 billion litres of water every day </li></ul><ul><li>Collect, treat and dispose of 1 bi...
Biodiversity and Yorkshire Water <ul><li>Interact with the environment in all operational activities  </li></ul><ul><li>Cl...
Why is biodiversity important to our business? <ul><li>Legislative drivers: </li></ul><ul><li>- Rio de Janiero </li></ul><...
Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) <ul><li>Yorkshire Water ‘traditional’ BAP </li></ul><ul><li>- supports UKBAP </li></ul><ul>...
‘ Traditional’ BAP - targets and reporting Aim:  We set out to have 75% of the 12,200 hectares of our land designated as S...
Biodiversity Action Plan GIS <ul><li>Decision support tool for the business </li></ul><ul><li>Assesses risk to biodiversit...
Incident management Optimise response to pollution incidents by understanding potential biodiversity impacts and trace up/...
How does the BAP GIS work? Spatial species, habitat and designated site data imported to BAP GIS (Odessey) User inputs act...
Planned work
Planned work
Biodiversity enhancements <ul><li>Meets statutory duty to  ‘conserve and enhance’ (NERC) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Green Initiat...
<ul><li>Reactive application  </li></ul><ul><li>Downstream river reach tracing capability  </li></ul><ul><li>Trace inciden...
Incident Management Incident Trace  INFORMATION    DECISION    ACTION Mains overlay SSSI land Affected river reach Incid...
<ul><li>61,000km of below ground networks and pipes  </li></ul><ul><li>Many assets near a watercourse </li></ul><ul><li>Up...
Benefits to business and biodiversity Planned work Demonstrates compliance with legislation Proactive approach Risk based ...
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  • Set expectation of who I am and what I know…
  • Facts about BD in yorkshire region and how we interact Regulated business, some key regulators in the environmental and biodievrsity arena include Natural England, Environment Agency. Other key stakeholders that we work with to ensure we meet regualtory obligations and maximise BD opportunites where possible Regulatory environment is shaped by key pieces of legislation…. Next slide
  • Explain about UKBAP, where did it come from?
  • Who will use the tool? How will it be integrated?
  • Sites include deisgnated sites such as SSSIs and also abstractions and fisheries. Hope to link
  • Sites include deisgnated sites such as SSSIs and also abstractions and fisheries. Hope to link
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    1. 1. Biodiversity and GIS at Yorkshire Water Alex Curtis: Environment Strategy Team Yorkshire Water
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Yorkshire Water operational activities </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity, legislation and Yorkshire Water </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity Action Plans </li></ul><ul><li>BAP GIS </li></ul><ul><li>- planned work </li></ul><ul><li>- incident management </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity benefits for business </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is biodiversity? Biodiversity is the variety of different species of plants or animals and also genetic diversity within species
    4. 4. Yorkshire Water <ul><li>Supply 1.24 billion litres of water every day </li></ul><ul><li>Collect, treat and dispose of 1 billion litres of waste water and return safely to the environment every day </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain enough pipework to circle the earth </li></ul><ul><li>61,000km of clean/waste water networks </li></ul><ul><li>Operate almost 700 water and wastewater treatment works, 2,200 pumping stations, 128 boreholes and 120 reservoirs </li></ul><ul><li>2100 employees (approx 630 in the field) </li></ul><ul><li>4.7 million customers </li></ul><ul><li>Largest private landowner in Yorkshire </li></ul><ul><li>Consume 3% of Yorkshire’s electricity per year </li></ul>
    5. 5. Biodiversity and Yorkshire Water <ul><li>Interact with the environment in all operational activities </li></ul><ul><li>Clean water: abstract, treat and supply </li></ul><ul><li>Waste water: collection, treatment and discharge </li></ul><ul><li>32,000 hectares of land </li></ul><ul><li>12,000 hectares of SSSI land </li></ul><ul><li>17 nature reserves </li></ul>
    6. 6. Why is biodiversity important to our business? <ul><li>Legislative drivers: </li></ul><ul><li>- Rio de Janiero </li></ul><ul><li>- NERC ACT 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>- Countryside and Wildlife Act </li></ul><ul><li>- CRoW Act </li></ul><ul><li>- Water Industry Act </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity Strategy </li></ul>
    7. 7. Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) <ul><li>Yorkshire Water ‘traditional’ BAP </li></ul><ul><li>- supports UKBAP </li></ul><ul><li>- priority species and habitats </li></ul><ul><li>- targets and performance reporting </li></ul><ul><li>BAP GIS </li></ul><ul><li>- proactive biodiversity risk management </li></ul><ul><li>- decision support tool </li></ul><ul><li>- supports traditional company BAP </li></ul>
    8. 8. ‘ Traditional’ BAP - targets and reporting Aim: We set out to have 75% of the 12,200 hectares of our land designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in recovering or favourable status .  Progress: Working in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and DEFRA we've successfully moved 84% of our SSSIs to target condition. We're now working to ensure 95% of SSSIs are in recovering or favourable status by 2010.
    9. 9. Biodiversity Action Plan GIS <ul><li>Decision support tool for the business </li></ul><ul><li>Assesses risk to biodiversity from operational activities </li></ul><ul><li>Spatial relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Pro-active and reactive elements </li></ul><ul><li>Supports delivery of traditional BAP </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrates compliance with legislation: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ protect and enhance’ principal of Biodiversity Duty </li></ul><ul><li>applied by NERC Act 2006 </li></ul>
    10. 10. Incident management Optimise response to pollution incidents by understanding potential biodiversity impacts and trace up/downstream of incident Area Query Assess impact of operational activity, for example an asset build, on biodiversity using an area based land search Investment planning Prioritise investment based on environmental and biodiversity impacts & benefits Planned work Pro-active biodiversity risk management - understand potential impact of operational activities on biodiversity and identify mitigating actions to protect habitats & species
    11. 11. How does the BAP GIS work? Spatial species, habitat and designated site data imported to BAP GIS (Odessey) User inputs activity type and location Risk matrices calculate which species or habitats could be affected by the activity Impact footprint of activity Location of species, habitat or designated site RISK Planned work
    12. 12. Planned work
    13. 13. Planned work
    14. 14. Biodiversity enhancements <ul><li>Meets statutory duty to ‘conserve and enhance’ (NERC) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Green Initiatives’ suggested where habitat enhancements complement operational activities </li></ul><ul><li>Pro-active approach </li></ul>Planned work <ul><li>Tophill Low WTW and Nature Reserve demonstration site: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposed muddy reservoir edges to attract wading birds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-landscaped spits and gravel islands for nesting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Log piles and hay bales for reptiles - habitat for grass snakes </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Reactive application </li></ul><ul><li>Downstream river reach tracing capability </li></ul><ul><li>Trace incident downstream of known asset (telemetry alert) </li></ul><ul><li>Identify priority species, habitats and sites </li></ul><ul><li>BAP GIS will also identify fisheries and abstractions </li></ul><ul><li>Most common pollution incidents and associated trace distances specified by system </li></ul><ul><li>eg. burst main, sewage spill </li></ul><ul><li>Optimise response to incident (and mitigate any negative environmental/biodiversity impacts) </li></ul>Incident Management Incident Trace
    16. 16. Incident Management Incident Trace INFORMATION  DECISION  ACTION Mains overlay SSSI land Affected river reach Incident Trace
    17. 17. <ul><li>61,000km of below ground networks and pipes </li></ul><ul><li>Many assets near a watercourse </li></ul><ul><li>Upstream asset identification capability </li></ul><ul><li>Identify if our asset is likely to have caused the incident and optimise response (for non-telemetry assets) </li></ul>Incident Management Asset Trace INFORMATION  DECISION  ACTION
    18. 18. Benefits to business and biodiversity Planned work Demonstrates compliance with legislation Proactive approach Risk based assessments Integrated into business processes and decisions Optimise operational activities for environment, biodiversity and financial benefits Enhances company reputation
    19. 19. Thank you Any questions?

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