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Delivering Healthy Water website launch
added on 30 01 2012 by Clare Black
The number of designated bathing waters failing to reach sufficient microbiological standards is set to rise in the UK in 2015 with the introduction of Read more..

The number of designated bathing waters failing to reach sufficient microbiological standards is set to rise in the UK in 2015 with the introduction of more stringent standards associated with a revised Bathing Water Directive from Europe.

Alongside this there is also a debate over the suitability of traditional culture versus new molecular methods for enumerating faecal indicator organisms (e.g.  E. coli) in bathing waters. These regulatory parameters are used to assess microbial water quality and to index risks to human health associated with faecally contaminated water. This potential future shift in quantification tools adds an extra layer of complexity for regulators, policy makers and scientists to explore in the interest of public wellbeing.

In response to this challenge the University of Stirling (Dr David Oliver & Melanie van Niekerk) are leading a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Knowledge Exchange project ‘Delivering healthy water: building the science-policy interface to protect bathing water quality’. The 18-month project started on 1st October 2011 and is being run in close association with Professor David Kay (Centre for Research into Environment & Health, University of Wales) and Professor Louise Heathwaite (Lancaster University). A Working Group of experts, comprising science providers and science users, has been formed to enable the sharing of knowledge relating to cutting edge, innovative research in microbial quantification techniques for regulatory monitoring of bathing and shellfish harvesting waters.

More information about the project can be found on the newly launched website at www.deliveringhealthywater.net or by contacting Melanie van Niekerk, the project Co-ordinator at delivering.healthy.water1@gmail.co.uk

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Business Event - Windermere Reflections: Linking Lakes, Landscapes & Lives
added on 30 01 2012 by Clare Black
Windermere Reflections is a Heritage Lottery Funded 3 year programme working with the community (local people and visitors) to encourage local businesses Read more..

Windermere Reflections is a Heritage Lottery Funded 3 year programme working with the community (local people and visitors) to encourage local businesses to improve water management and reduce pollution through positive action in the Windermere catchment. There are currently 19 projects delivering improvements to the catchment including: on the ground conservation work; information provision; training and volunteering opportunities; and the chance to celebrate and appreciate the Windermere environment. The programme brings together people with different skills, knowledge and understanding working towards a healthy catchment. For more details and to register for this FREE event

Love Your Lakes is a business event organised by Nurture Lakeland.  Core funding partners are the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Environment Agency, Lake District National Park Authority, the National Trust and the Universityof Cumbria.

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Conference alert: Protecting water catchments from diffuse pollution - the emerging evidence
added on 26 01 2012 by Clare Black
Follow this link for more details about the forthcoming Catchment Management Conference 'Protecting water catchments from diffuse pollution - the emerging Read more..

Follow this link for more details about the forthcoming Catchment Management Conference ‘Protecting water catchments from diffuse pollution – the emerging evidence’ to be held in Birmingham on 21st February, 2012 organised by the Water Science Forum and RSC with Ofwat involvement.

The subject matter has relevance to a wide grouping of stakeholders. The afternoon Panel Session will include Chris Ryder, Defra; Paul Hickey, EA; Milo Purcell, DWI and Sarah Mukherjee, Water UK. For those of you who wish to attend and show examples of your on-going work, there is a free poster display opportunity.

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Rainfall-Runoff Modelling -The Primer, 2nd Edition
added on 16 01 2012 by Clare Black
The 2nd edition of Keith Beven's Rainfall-Runoff Modelling -The Primer has just been published by Wiley.   It includes a number of new Beyond the Primer  Read more..

The 2nd edition of Keith Beven’s Rainfall-Runoff Modelling -The Primer has just been published by Wiley.   It includes a number of new Beyond the Primer  chapters including regionalisation, residence time distributions and the next generation of hydrological models – for more details

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Fresh Water Biological Association hosts UK-China Bridge Project at Lake Windermere
added on 22 12 2011 by Clare Black
The problem of algal bloom contamination in lakes was the topic of a one day meeting in the Lake District between scientists from the UK and China together Read more..

The problem of algal bloom contamination in lakes was the topic of a one day meeting in the Lake District between scientists from the UK and China together with members of the local community.

The initiative is part of the UK-China Bridge project to share expertise between the two countries.

Professor Gang Pan from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing is an expert in lake contamination and has devised equipment to clean up Lake Taihu in Jiangsu Province. The lake is the size of the entire Lake District and had turned green because of the algae, which is harmful to fish.

He joined Professors Phil Haygarth, Roger Pickup and Dr Maria Fernanda Aller from Lancaster University, Professor Stephen Maberly from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and local representatives including the Mayor of Windermere Joan Stocker, Nigel Wilkinson from Windermere Lake Cruises and Bob Cartwright, Director of Park Services at the Lake District National Park Authority at an event hosted by the  (FBA).

They met in Ambleside to discuss common solutions to lake bloom algae before taking a cruise on Lake Windermere.

Professor Haygarth said: “Algal blooms are a potential health hazard and can be toxic – they have even been known to kill animals. Last year the Great North Swim was called off because of algae in the water.

“Human activity is making the problem worse because the bloom is caused by phosphorus and nitrogen from run–off from agricultural land and sewage discharge seeping into the lake.”

The Mayor of Windermere Joan Stocker said the meeting had been useful.

“What we’ve learned from China is the work that they’ve done very quickly to solve their problems and we need to share more of that information.”

This was a reciprocal visit following a trip by Lancaster researchers to meet Professor Gang Pan and the Mayor of Wuxi at Lake Taihu last year.

Professor Haygarth said: “We are working together to find a solution by managing phosphorus reserves better so they don’t leak into rivers and lakes, but Professor Gang’s approach is different – he is cleaning up Lake Taihu – so we can both learn from each other.”

For more details of the project please visit  the website.

Sharing ideas with Professor Gang Pan and Mayor Joan Stocker

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