Water Quality Planning and Regulation - How to Protect the Water Environment

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, March 3, 2017 - 17:30
Cranfield University

The course, accredited by CIWEM, provides an overview of the policies and procedures governing the quality of environmental waters and wastewater in the UK. It is aimed at current and future practitioners, regulators, conservationists and academics who require a detailed understanding of EU water regulations, and guidance on how to navigate the UK permitting process.
The short course is organised into daily themes, and can be taken as a three day course or as individual days.

  • Day 1:  Focuses on the UK and EU regulation that underpins our current and future management of the water environment, wastewater and pollution reduction options. Brexit and its potential implications for water quality regulation will be discussed.
  • Day 2: Outlines how these regulations have been transposed to the UK, and provides a clear step-by-step account of the permitting and compliance process.
  • Day 3: Focuses on how the Water Framework Directive is driving the UK to a catchment-based approach and explores current approaches to integrating wider environmental and social-economic issues into sustainable water management. 

A unique aspect of this short course is that you will be taught by experts from both regulatory agencies and academia. Current and former regulatory agency and Defra staff will give first-hand accounts of how regulations and permitting procedures were developed and are currently applied. Academic researchers will expand this out to explore wider water quality issues and solutions in the areas such as wastewater treatment processes, catchment management, soil erosion and conservation, and ecosystem services.

Previous guest speakers have lectured on a range of topics: ecological monitoring for WFD (Environment Agency), implementation of permitting regulations (Environment Agency), marine planning (Marine Management Organisation), marine licensing (Marine Management Organisation), SuDs and water quality (ACO), catchment partnerships (Environment Agency), and catchment management of drinking water (Yorkshire Water).

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