Through our work in catchments across the South West of England, the Westcountry Rivers Trust has developed a method for undertaking stakeholder-led visualisation of environmental services provision across a catchment landscape.
During this process, community groups, interested individuals and technical specialists work with a broker/facilitator to identify areas within their catchment which play, or have the potential to play, a particularly important role in the delivery of a range of environmental benefits to society.
We have also developed a much more detailed method for determining the threat posed to our environment by pollution.
This method can be adapted to meet the specific requirements of any study catchment.
It can also provide a targeted and fully costed catchment management strategy designed to achieve the most significant improvements in water quality using the most cost-effective and resource-efficient approach.
In addition, we have significant experience in using a number of water quality modelling tools, including the UK water industry’s Source Apportionment GIS (SAGIS) tool, the Extended Export Coefficient Model (ECM+), the SCIMAP sediment risk model and the ADAS Farmscoper Tool.
Most importantly, we build, run and interpret these models with the help of the local people and community groups who are are going to help us deliver the improvements we need.
Our current Evidence & Engagement projects
Are you interested in visualising data & evidence about the environment...?
Our data and evidence experts are able to produce maps and reports relating to any area in the Westcountry. Whether you are interested in water quality, flooding, wildlife or recreation, we can provide data and evidence to help you decide what to do.
The principal, over‐arching aim of any catchment management work is to improve the water quality in our freshwater ecosystems and to make a significant contribution to their attainment of good ecological status in accordance with requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive. It is therefore vital that sufficient evidence is collected to provide an objective and robust assessment of the improvements delivered.
In this review we explore the data and evidence available, which, taken together, demonstrate qualitatively and quantitatively that the delivery of integrated catchment management interventions can realise genuine improvements in water quality.