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New water quality science paves the way for improving river health in the UK
added on 28 09 2011 by Clare Black
A new river monitoring system to assist local communities to improve water  quality of the River Eden and its tributaries is now online. Researchers  Read more..

A new river monitoring system to assist local communities to improve water  quality of the River Eden and its tributaries is now online.

Researchers  from Lancaster University, Newcastle University, Durham University, the Centre for Hydrology and Ecology, Askham Bryan College (Newton Rigg) and the Eden Rivers Trust have installed 10 river monitoring stations to collect valuable  data on river water quality that is available to farmers, local communities and  anyone interested.

The research is part of the DEFRA-funded Eden Demonstration Test Catchment (EdenDTC), one of three national projects to  understand how land management affects the water environment and to test  measures for reducing agricultural pollution.

The live, real-time data, made available via the web, can be used by councils, rivers trusts and the  public to help in understanding how to improve river water quality where they  live. EdenDTC is one of the first projects of its kind to provide live data on  river water quality to the public, setting a national standard for managing diffuse pollution in rivers throughout the UK.

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New IWA publication – Issues and Solutions to Diffuse Pollution
added on 16 09 2011 by Clare Black
A new publication of selected papers is available from the 14th International Conference of the IWA Diffuse Pollution Specialist Group (DIPCON 2010) held Read more..

A new publication of selected papers is available from the 14th International Conference of the IWA Diffuse Pollution Specialist Group (DIPCON 2010) held in September 12-17, 2010, Beaupré, Québec, Canada.

This book entitled ” includes 17 keynote papers and 33 session papers selected by the Editorial Committee on the basis of their relevance and scientific merit, as well as the fact that they reflect the international scope of the issue.

Because of the fast-growing knowledge base on identification, fate and management of diffuse pollution, the objective of the DIPCON 2010 conference was to discuss the most recent research findings and information and for the 220 participants from 36 countries to learn and network about Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication. The DIPCON conferences are a unique venue for these types of interactions as they are attended by a variety of specialists from academic, institutional and consultant organizations from around the world.

Although many diffuse pollution aspects were presented and discussed at the DIPCON 2010 conference, this OECD sponsored book focuses on five topics: 1. Watershed management to reduce diffuse pollution; 2. Managing nutrients in freshwater systems; 3. Policy and economics to manage diffuse pollution; 4. Emerging contaminants and micropollutants; 5. Modelling, monitoring and analytical methods. Hopefully speck https://spyappsinsider.com/ will create a matte version with a clasping lid and open dock connector — say, a seethru satin wrap — as a follow-up

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FRMRC Advances in Flood Risk Management Science- live streaming
added on 02 09 2011 by Clare Black
LIVE EVENT Advances in Flood Risk Management Science:  Outcomes from UK Collaborative Research Monday, 5 September at the Royal Society - 0930hrs-1700hrs Read more..

LIVE EVENT

Advances in Flood Risk Management Science:  Outcomes from UK Collaborative Research

Monday, 5 September at the Royal Society – 0930hrs-1700hrs (BST)

It is hoped that those unable to be there will take advantage of the fact that we are live streaming the event.  For how to participate in this way – as well as gaining access to a slightly more detailed programme, click here.

Access to the event on the day will be made simply by clicking on the link which will be provided on the front page of the website as we ‘go live’.

 

The Royal Society address is 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG and, for those of you attending in person, the link for directions is http://royalsociety.org/visit-us/

 

The event will showcase the key practical outputs from the research of FRMRC and will allow audience participation in discussing the research outcomes and shaping the future research agenda.  The event is now oversubscribed for attending in person but it will be possible to follow some or all of the webcast online and to join in the discussion forum via twitter.

 

There will be four sessions:

Inundation Modelling; Infrastructure; Land Use; Communicating Risk and Uncertainty.

 

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"Striving for Positive Water Impact", a joint PepsiCo/Nature Conservancy white paper
added on 01 09 2011 by Clare Black
PepsiCo and   have produced a new publication "Striving for Positive Water Impact", a joint white paper highlighting initial findings from a pilot project Read more..

PepsiCo and   have produced a new publication “Striving for Positive Water Impact”, a joint white paper highlighting initial findings from a pilot project focused on understanding the watershed conditions and restoration opportunities for five manufacturing plants in different parts of the world. Additional details about the report include:

  • Positive Water Impact pilot project sites were conducted in Arizona, United States; Boxford, United Kingdom; Zhanjiang, China; Sangareddy, India; and Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Key learnings ascertained as a result of the pilot projects, include the importance of tailoring each project to local conditions, and the importance – and relative rarity – of knowing the source of a location’s water.

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Catchment Sensitive Farming Evaluation
added on 16 08 2011 by Clare Black
Catchment Sensitive Farming is a joint initiative between the Environment Agency and Natural England, funded by Defra and the Rural Development Programme Read more..

Catchment Sensitive Farming is a joint initiative between the Environment Agency and Natural England, funded by Defra and the Rural Development Programme for England, working in priority catchments within England.

Evaluation is a core part of the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) project: essential for assessing delivery of objectives and benefits. The first five years of the England Catchment Sensitive Farming Delivery Initiative (ECSFDI) have been evaluated and there is clear evidence to demonstrate that the initiative has met its primary objectives, to:

  1. increase awareness amongst rural land managers and stakeholders of the impact of diffuse water pollution from agriculture
  2. improve soil and land management practices amongst farmers within Priority Catchments
  3. reduce the pollution of water caused by farming within Priority Catchments

 

The evaluation shows that:

  1. CSF advice has been delivered to over 9,000 farms covering an area of 1.3 million hectares. This represents 17 per cent of all farm holdings within Priority Catchments (38 per cent by area) and 45 per cent within targeted sub-catchments (62 per cent by area).
  2. 64% of farms have implemented more than half of the specific recommendations to reduce water pollution – in total 93,000 recommendations were made
  3. monitored pollutant levels have reduced by up to 30%

 

The results of the  evaluation are outlined in a high level summary report: (149kb) and a detailed Phase 1 & 2 Evaluation Report: (5.92mb).

 

 

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