by freshwaterblog: "It’s a common lament to hear from freshwater conservationists: if only our rivers and lakes had better legal protection in response to the many pressures they face. In New Zealand, a new piece of environmental legislation is intended to do just that, by taking the unprecedented step of granting a river the legal rights of a citizen.
The Niagara River in New York State, USA has won this year’s Thiess International Riverprize for transforming the region into one that values and maintains the integrity of its fresh water systems as a major component of regional economic revitalisation. The other two finalists were:
Article by Jackie Webley (Scottish Natural Heritage): "LIFE NATURE has granted the ‘Pearls in Peril’ (PIP) project a six month extension and we will now continue to 2nd March 2017. PIP has been busy completing all our project actions across sites in Scotland, England and Wales and now has the opportunity to do a bit more."
The River Rother at Catcliffe (and many other places) has been ‘messed with’ for hundreds of years – its course has altered many times and it has been artificially straightened for navigational purposes. The stretch through Catcliffe upstream of Treeton Lane is very straight, heavily silted and devoid of river life. A new scheme will bring a more naturalistic feel back to the river.
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Gravel embankments will be removed along 500m of the Allt an t-Slugain burn near Braemar to restore habitat for the rare freshwater pearl mussel and for salmon.
The embankments were constructed in the 1980s to prevent the burn from spilling onto the adjacent grazing land during high flows. However, in some cases embankments can increase flood risk downstream by reducing temporary floodplain water storage. They can also affect the river channel by increasing flow speed and depth, leading to riverbed erosion, and reducing in stream habitat for mussels and fish.
This is an article from Rivers of Carbon in Australia: "Water is not the enemy, it is water velocity (speed) that causes the damage. Australian rivers are meant to be rough and bumpy and riparian vegetation can provide protection from flood impacts along with individual and cumulative benefits to landholders up and down stream."
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You can still book onto the BHS Conference - "Hydrologists make the water go round".
For £120 (non member), £90 (BHS member), £60 (student) you can attend day 2 (31st August) which includes a workshop being organised by the River Restoration Centre on hydrological monitoring and river restoration.
Find out more by clicking the link below
This is a paper by Tummers et al. (2016) which looks at evaluating the effectiveness of multiple measures to increase longitudinal connectivity on the River Deerness.
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This report presents a summary of discussions at a conference on upland water management held in Leeds in January 2016. It includes information on natural flood management, water colour and carbon and the water industry and the upland economy.
View the findings by clicking the link below
This report, produced by the Environment Agency, outlines projects funded under the Catchment Partnership Action Fund (CPAF) in 2015 to 2016.