Future Change and Water Quality

The Change and Water Quality Focus Area is led by Phil Haygarth (Lancaster), Kieran Conlan (Cascade Consulting), Tim Burt and Sim Reaney (Durham University).

Whilst localised restoration of river reaches can be effective, in relation to certain ecosystem attributes, there is a growing realisation that there are particular attributes that need a larger scale of analysis. The EU Water Framework Directive advocates holistic analysis and applies to any land management activities spread across the landscape. These activities are diffuse but together create particular point problems, such as nutrient loading. Catchment Change Network is delivering key learning on new approaches to implementing better land management in order to reduce the point impacts of diffuse activities. Restoration of entire catchments will prove prohibitively expensive unless management activities focus on parts of the catchment where restoration is likely to have most beneficial impact at the catchment scale.

Workshop IV: Best practise for the mitigation of diffuse water pollution from agriculture: what do we know and what can we do to improve what we already know?

Monday 26th – Tuesday 27th March 2012, Eden DTC and Lancaster University

This CCN 24-hour workshop involved a mini-field trip on the Monday afternoon to the  which included a visit to Crake Trees Manor Farm to see some of the  experiments. The Tuesday workshop was facilitated by Peter Woodward (Quest Associates) and chaired by Prof. Phil Haygarth (Lancaster Environment Centre).  Delegates included a group of Catchment Managers from UK Water Companies, Ofwat, the Environment Agency, English Nature and the National Farmers Union. The , is now available.

Workshop III:  Farmers Event at the Crown Inn, Morland near Penrith, Cumbria

A CCN/Eden DTC/pVO   ‘Pie and Pea Supper’ on Thursday  June 23rd  2011  at 7.30pm

Workshop II: Exploring diffuse pollution in the landscape: new initiatives and opportunities

The aim of this event on March 1st 2011 was to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between diffuse pollution researchers at LEC and North East Region England Catchment Sensitive Farming Delivery Initiative (ECSFDI) staff. An afternoon fieldtrip to Crosby Ravensworth allowed participants a tour of the MOPS Project field wetland sites.

A and is available.

Workshop I: Exploring Change and Diffuse Pollution

Our first Workshop ‘ Water Quality and Diffuse Pollution’ was held at Lancaster Environmnet Centre in December 2009. The objectives for this event were:

  1. Scoping and building new links between the research and practice communities, and forming partnerships where appropriate
  2. Defining what we mean by diffuse pollution within CCN and who the key user groups are for different types of guidance
  3. Identifying and evaluating existing diffuse pollution guidance
  4. Providing a platform where researchers and practitioners can come together to generate knowledge and exchange ideas into the future

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