Specialist advice for environmental projects
River Restoration and Rehabilitation
River restoration is the process of returning a watercourse to its natural state, whether for the benefit of biodiversity, flood risk management, recreation or improving the landscape.
Our understanding of river systems- catchment hydrology, hydrodynamics, morphological development- enables us to provide advice on sustainable and realistic options to improve the morphological diversity and ecology of watercourses. Our knowledge of flood risk management, both capital works and maintenance procedures, means that we can advise on the impacts of river rehabilitation work and try to find a balance which is acceptable in the wider context of river management.
Water Framework Directive
We are always interested to hear about projects which improve the health and vitality of river systems, improve biodiversity or enhance the landscape. Our services includes hydromorphological appraisal, river rehabilitation studies, channel and wetland design and Water Framework Directive assessments.
Scoping studies to identify problems and potential improvements
Geomorphological analysis and channel design
Hydraulic modelling to assess potential flood risk impacts
Analysis of in-channel hydrodynamics
Habitat quality appraisal
Guidance on options for flow improvements such as woody debris
Identification of improved maintenance regimes
The general objective of the Water Framework Directive is to achieve ‘good status’ for all surface waters. This includes both ecological status and chemical status. The Water Framework Directive has prompted major improvements in the quality of our rivers and beaches.
New proposals affecting watercourses must not lead to a deterioration of its status or prevent future improvements. We offer expertise in a number of areas to help achieve WFD compliance.
Water Framework Directive (WFD) assessments to support applications for works affecting watercourses
Guidance and analysis of catchment-based approaches to reducing flood risk and improving water quality
GIS mapping and analysis of environmental pressures and opportunities
Support for flood risk management schemes to ensure that WFD benefits are maximised
Water plays an important role in the landscape. For example, wetlands in urban spaces can provide visual interest, opportunities for wildlife and flood storage as part of a SUDS system. Rivers and streams should add value to a landscape, but many have been concreted and hidden away from public view.
We give guidance to landowners, developers, parish councils and local authorities on how to maximise the value of green infrastructure. We draw on experience gained from projects such as the Leicester Flood Risk Management Scheme, Lubbesthorpe Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme, and numerous river enhancement projects.
Green infrastructure services
Pond and wetland design
Enhancement of urban river frontages and open spaces
Guidance on river bank protection
Rehabilitation of streams, rivers, ponds and wetlands.
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