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Improvements to the River Dee as part of a £3.5m project to improve habitat for freshwater pearl mussels 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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.

Buffering the bumps – the benefits of riparian zones in floods (Australia)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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."

Read more by clicking the link below

BHS Conference - £120 for a day that includes a session on hydrological monitoring and river restoration

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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

Academic Paper: Evaluating the effectiveness of restoring longitudinal connectivity for stream fish communities: towards a more holistic approach

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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.

View the paper by clicking the link below.

River Forth Fisheries Trust Secures Heritage Lottery Fund support for major catchment restoration project in Central Scotland

Friday, July 29, 2016

The River Forth Fisheries Trust has received continued support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Scottish Government, Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s Water Environment Fund (SEPA WEF), City of Edinburgh and West Lothian Councils to deliver RiverLife: Almond & Avon, a project totalling £6.7 Million. 

Why river floodplains are key to preserving nature and biodiversity in the western US

Monday, July 18, 2016

An article from Ric Hauer on The Conversation: "Although they may not commonly be viewed as hotspots for biodiversity, gravel-bed river floodplains are by far the most important feature for nature across the landscapes of western North America.

This is because gravel-bed rivers disproportionately create high diversity of habitats, concentrate nutrients for growth, and provide corridors to link populations of species that would otherwise become isolated.