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Centre of Expertise for Water: Diffuse Pollution Management
added on 13 02 2012 by Clare Black
The James Hutton Institute and University of Stirling have teamed up to deliver a capacity-building project focused on diffuse pollution management in Read more..

The James Hutton Institute and University of Stirling have teamed up to deliver a capacity-building project focused on diffuse pollution management in the Scottish Priority Catchments. The programme, funded by the Scottish Government Centre of Expertise for Water (CREW), combines a series of Knowledge Exchange workshops, farmer focus group meetings and field excursions centred on emerging knowledge, uptake, and evidence linked to a range of catchment mitigation and management options. The JHI-Stirling team are collectively identifying, with stakeholders, appropriate strategies to monitor Scottish Diffuse Pollution Monitored Catchments (Lunan and Cessnock) and exploring how to prioritise mitigation measures according to cost and efficiency for the Scottish priority catchments. A workshop report (held in November 2011) on the strategies to assess the effectiveness of diffuse pollution mitigation policy in Scotland is now available. More information about this project and upcoming events is available on the CREW webpages and at http://www.programme3.net/water/water345pollution.php

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British Hydrological Society Biennial Symposium
added on 06 02 2012 by Clare Black
Held at West Park Centre, University of Dundee, 9-11 July 2012. Full programme of technical sessions, social programme and field visits. More info at Read more..

Held at West Park Centre, University of Dundee, 9-11 July 2012.
Full programme of technical sessions, social programme and field visits.
More info at www.abdn.ac.uk/bhs2012

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RIVERS TRUST DIRECTOR SPEAKS TO LORDS AS PART OF EU FRESHWATER INQUIRY
added on 31 01 2012 by Clare Black
Media Notice Monday 30 January 2012 RIVERS TRUST DIRECTOR SPEAKS TO LORDS AS PART OF EU FRESHWATER INQUIRY  Dr Dylan Bright, Trust Director, Westcountry Read more..

Media Notice

Monday 30 January 2012

RIVERS TRUST DIRECTOR SPEAKS TO LORDS AS PART OF EU FRESHWATER INQUIRY

 Dr Dylan Bright, Trust Director, Westcountry Rivers Trust, will be questioned by the Lords Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries EU Sub-Committee on Wednesday 1 February as part of their inquiry into EU freshwater policy.

The Westcountry Rivers Trust is an environmental charity working to preserve, protect, develop and improve the UK’s freshwater system in the West Country. The Committee are particularly interested in the Trust’s experiences of applying the ecosystem services concept to water management (by paying farmers for clean water), an approach which may become more widespread as implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) continues.

The Committee will quiz Dr Bright on issues such as:

  • his view on the UK’s current arrangements for water management and the impact of the WFD on water management and river water quality so far;
  • whether the payment for ecosystem service approach could be expanded beyond farming and integrated with other benefits such as carbon capture; and
  • what governments can do to help with these changes and what role the EU can play in making it happen.

The evidence session will take place on Wednesday 1 February at 11.00am in Committee Room 3A of the House of Lords.

Notes to Editors

  1. Journalists and members of the public are welcome to attend. A regularly updated schedule of meetings will be available on the website. Please contact the Lords Press Office or subscribe to email alerts and newsfeeds if you would like to be kept informed. The Committee expects to publish its report in spring 2012.
  2. You can watch the session live on the internet at www.parliamentlive.tv.
  3. The Committee has previously heard evidence from:
  • Laurence Smith, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy for the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London;
  • Andrew Fairburn, Head of Public Policy at Severn Trent Water;
  • Howard Brett, Wastewater Policy and Strategy Manager at Thames Water;
  • Sarah Mukherjee, Director of Environment at Water UK;
  • Professor Alan Jenkins, Deputy Director and Water Science Director of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology;
  • Andrew Clark, Head of Policy Services and Gwyn Jones, Vice President, NFU;
  • Frau Heide Jekel, German Ministry for the Environment;
  • Tony Smith, Chief Executive, Deryck Hall, Head of Policy & Research and Dr Ana-Maria Millan, Policy Manager, Consumer Council for Water; and
  • Keith Mason, Senior Director of Finance and Networks and Noel Wheatley, Director of Environmental Policy, Ofwat.

You can find a transcript of these evidence sessions on the Committee’s website.

  1. The House of Lords Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment EU Committee’s remit is to scrutinise EU documents and policy in agriculture, fisheries and the environment. For more information about the Committee, please see its website.
  2. The Lords Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment EU Committee is chaired by Lord Carter of Coles. To arrange interviews or other media activity with the Committee please contact Clare Ramsaran on +44(0) 207 219 8550.

House of Lords Press Office

House of Lords

London SW1A 0PW

020 7219 8550

www.parliament.uk/lords

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2nd Conference on Modelling Hydrology, Climate and Land Surface Processes, 10th -12th September 2012
added on 30 01 2012 by Clare Black
The  "2nd Conference on Modelling Hydrology, Climate and Land Surface Processes" will be held at Losby Gods in Norway (20 km east of Oslo), 10th - 12th Read more..

The  “2nd Conference on Modelling Hydrology, Climate and Land Surface Processes” will be held at Losby Gods in Norway (20 km east of Oslo), 10th – 12th September 2012.

Topics and Keynote speakers are:

Hydrological Processes -Prof. Keith Beven, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom -Dr. Isabel Braud, CEMAGREF, Lyon, France

Atmosphere and Land Surface -Prof. Martin Beniston, Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE), Geneva, Switzerland -Dr. Ingjerd Haddeland, Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, Norway

Nature, Risk and Extremes -Prof. Farrokh Nadim, International Centre for Geohazards (ICG), United Kingdom -Prof. Kerstin Stahl, Universitetet i Freiburg, Germany

Climate and Water Resources Management -Prof. Inger Hanssen-Bauer, Høgskolen i Telemark, Norway -Dr. Florian Pappenberger, ECMWF, United Kingdom

Abstract submission new DEADLINE: February 17th  2012

For more information and contact details please go to the  web page

On behalf of the Norwegian Hydrological Council

 

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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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