WFD and Catchment Restoration – Scoping Project
November 2008

Background to research

The Water Framework Directive (WFD) introduces a new way of managing the water environment of Scotland. Whilst much of Scotland’s water environment is in good condition initial assessments by SEPA suggest approximately 40% fail to meet environmental standards that support good ecological status as required by the WFD. A significant contributor to the pressures on these water bodies arise from impacts on river morphology from historical engineering, urban developments, agriculture and electricity generation.

Objectives of research

This project aimed to pilot a process for identifying and prioritising catchment-focused remedial measures to improve river habitats and morphology. The process is intended to provide a consistent and transparent method of prioritising remedial measures at the scale of waterbodies and catchments, in order to provide Area Advisory Groups (AAGs) with a robust strategy within which to apply their detailed local knowledge.

Key findings and recommendations
Key words: WFD, morphological, pressures, restoration, measures, decision support tool, decision support framework

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