Sarah Taigel (PhD researcher at the University of East Anglia) is working with the Norfolk Rivers Trust in North Norfolk to trial different visualisation tools showing river restoration with catchment stakeholders. Data collection will take place between February and early May seeking to gain feedback on not just the tools used but also how stakeholders have responded to the proposed ideas about the future of the river and surroundings. Stakeholder responses to the project will feed into a catchment management plan.
With a total of £294m to be spent, the agency published a full list of the 681 flood defence schemes it will be working on in the coming financial year on 7 February. Part of the funding is earmarked for projects that have a specific focus on boosting economic growth. The list also includes projects receiving partnership funding contributions from local councils and businesses.
The Minister for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs, Richard Benyon MP, has approved for publication the Environment Agency’s first flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) report for England.
The winner of the International Riverprize is the Willamette River in Oregon, United States of America, a river that has had years of hard work from volunteers, industry and government alike, to bring it back to a much healthier, functioning system.
Territories of Rivers Action Plans (TRAP) is a three year project funded under the INTERREG IVC programme. It aims to develop policies and tools to ensure sustainable economic growth whilst ensuring good water quality, supporting the aims of the WFD.
Sheffield Catchment Science Centre have collected deculverting case studies from around the world, provided links to available sources/materials, and detailed environmental, social and economic objectives and results. People can add new sites and provide details to amend existing entries. This will improve the evidence, and also help RRC to update the national inventory of projects.
The Innovation Partnership for Water aimed at businesses and entrepreneurs includes a 35m euro fund to encourage the development of innovative and novel ideas for water supply and treatment.
A speech by Wetlands International CEO Jane Madgwick focused on some of the threats to river ecosystems and the growing importance of restoring rivers for a cleaner, safer and richer environment.
The Better Thames Network is a NERC funded project, administered by the University of Westminster, devised to support the Environment Agency and local stakeholders implement the Water Framework Directive targets for water quality in the Thames River Basin District. Its primary objective is to develop and support an interconnected community of scientists and stakeholders who can make a scientific contribution to, or have a role in, implementation of the Thames River Basin Management Plan.
Presenter Ellie Harrison visited a project on the River Wye where live willow has been planted to address bank erosion. Salix Technical Director David Holland talked on camera about the techniques suitability and application on the Wye.