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Practical, cost effective measures:
The challenge of modified waters
David Baxter
Head of Catchment Management
Successes
7000 Combined Sewerage Overflows
have been improved
Bathing water quality improved from
78% to 98%
Chemistry imp...
2009 2015
© Environment Agency copyright and / or database right 2009. All rights reserved. This map
includes data supplie...
Diffuse -
agriculture
250
500
1000
Number
of water
bodies
Land
Drainage
Water
storage/
supply
Abstraction
Urbanisation
flo...
Less stringent objectives?
Evidence and engagement will be key
Meeting the Challenge?
Engage
FCRM Opportunities
Share knowledge
Make it relevant to local development
Value the system, n...
Catchment
Engagement
Translating our evidence
• Not just sharing data
Building delivery partnerships
• Not just good statu...
River Petteril Trial
River Petteril – consensus
LongPrestonDeeps
River Restoration – achieving ‘Good Ecological Potential’
Long Preston Deeps, near Settle was classified ...
RESTORE
The RESTORE project is made possible with the contribution of the LIFE+
financial instrument of the European Commu...
Challenges
• Limited awareness of planners and
practitioners
• Insufficient access to best practice
• Geographical variati...
The River
Quaggy
and
Sutcliffe
Park
restoration
Some local authorities get it – but why?
Before After
Some local authorities get it - why?
Before After
Support policy makers and practitioners
to make more informed decisions
• 1. Consensus on river restoration good
practice
...
RESTORE Outputs
36 events in over 10 countries
next two include a CIWEM event in Lille, spatial planning event in
Arnhem a...
Healthy rivers,
Healthy cities
Connecting people
to rivers brings
major gains
Eg Mayesbrook -
£4m project, £27m
benefit to...
2nd
Cycle Plans - Goals
The healthiest water environment that society
can sustainably achieve by 2021 and 2027
Clear frame...
More naturally functioning catchments
Better balance for people and wildlife
£
£
£
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  1. 1. Practical, cost effective measures: The challenge of modified waters David Baxter Head of Catchment Management
  2. 2. Successes 7000 Combined Sewerage Overflows have been improved Bathing water quality improved from 78% to 98% Chemistry improved from 55% to 95% Biology improved from 63% to 73% Otter populations have increased ten-fold in the last 30 years 7000 Combined Sewerage Overflows have been improved and we’ve restored sustainable abstraction at 315 of our most important conservation sites
  3. 3. 2009 2015 © Environment Agency copyright and / or database right 2009. All rights reserved. This map includes data supplied under licence from: © Crown Copyright and database right 2009. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey licence number 100026380. Some river features of this map are based on digital spatial data licensed from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, © CEH. Licence number 198 version 2.
  4. 4. Diffuse - agriculture 250 500 1000 Number of water bodies Land Drainage Water storage/ supply Abstraction Urbanisation flood Protection Reasons for Failure CSO Barriers Wider environ ment Mines Mines Mixed urban runoff 0 Light colour = suspected Dark colour = confirmed recreation Fin fisheries Inland navigation sewage works Coastal Erosion Shell fisheries
  5. 5. Less stringent objectives? Evidence and engagement will be key
  6. 6. Meeting the Challenge? Engage FCRM Opportunities Share knowledge Make it relevant to local development Value the system, not just “Good”
  7. 7. Catchment Engagement Translating our evidence • Not just sharing data Building delivery partnerships • Not just good status Walkovers and 3rd party data • Follow-up breaches Learn and test approaches • Catchment plans • Innovative delivery
  8. 8. River Petteril Trial
  9. 9. River Petteril – consensus
  10. 10. LongPrestonDeeps River Restoration – achieving ‘Good Ecological Potential’ Long Preston Deeps, near Settle was classified as ‘heavily modified’ due to flood defences constraining the channel. High flows on the River Ribble in early 2011 punched a hole through a flood bank providing a rare opportunity to put in place a sustainable restoration solution for a 200m section of the river. Work and associated benefits include: • Removing the breached flood embankment and creating a new one further back to allow the river to reconnect to the flood plain. • Creating chutes to increase flood storage and habitat whilst preventing erosion • Reconnecting historical natural features. • Creating wetland scrapes and wet woodland planting creating habitat and shade for the river. • Installing fencing to control livestock grazing and allow natural regeneration of flood plain. • Redistribution of rock boulders that were no longer providing erosion protection to create river bed variation. • More land now within Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship scheme. • Decreased siltation. Working in partnership The project worked in partnership with land owners and utilised the established Long Preston Deeps Wet Grassland Group - the group includes partners such as, RSPB, Natural England, The Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust, North Yorkshire County Council, local landowners, The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, The Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust. The works had to be completed in a very short timescale. Major constraints that were overcome include: •SSSI constraints •Archaeological surveys •Vegetation •Fishing rights •Land access •Balancing legal duties (CDM – CDM 2007) with the timescales and ecological constraints of the site. What’s next This is just one small section of the 7km of the River Ribble that has been improved and it is hoped that this will act as a demonstration site to show other land owners and groups what can be achieved by working with rather than against, a river. We will be proving updates on the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust website and feeding this work into the WFD Ribble Pilot.
  11. 11. RESTORE The RESTORE project is made possible with the contribution of the LIFE+ financial instrument of the European Community partnership for sharing knowledge & promoting best practice on river restoration in Europe and works in partnership with www.restorerivers.eu
  12. 12. Challenges • Limited awareness of planners and practitioners • Insufficient access to best practice • Geographical variation in understanding and capacity Consensus on river restoration good practices to support European policy goals
  13. 13. The River Quaggy and Sutcliffe Park restoration
  14. 14. Some local authorities get it – but why? Before After
  15. 15. Some local authorities get it - why? Before After
  16. 16. Support policy makers and practitioners to make more informed decisions • 1. Consensus on river restoration good practice - What is good river restoration practice and how is this needed by different countries? • 2. Communication of information to key target audiences - Engage stakeholders, establish networks and build information resource • 3. Stimulate integrated catchment approaches Solutions and Way forward
  17. 17. RESTORE Outputs 36 events in over 10 countries next two include a CIWEM event in Lille, spatial planning event in Arnhem and the RRC conference in Nottingham in April 1200 persons engaged through events 500 case studies on the WIKI database 90,000 persons through project outreach International River Restoration Conference www.restorerivers.eu
  18. 18. Healthy rivers, Healthy cities Connecting people to rivers brings major gains Eg Mayesbrook - £4m project, £27m benefit to quality of lives & economic opportunity
  19. 19. 2nd Cycle Plans - Goals The healthiest water environment that society can sustainably achieve by 2021 and 2027 Clear framework for decision making Presented in a more user-friendly way Wide debate on appropriate responses Integrated with other water planning process Appropriate mix of national and local engagement
  20. 20. More naturally functioning catchments Better balance for people and wildlife £ £ £

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