Pilot Catchment initiative
Phase one: (December 2012 – July 2013)
The main output from the project will be a prioritised list of sites where restoration work could takeplace. Discussion with catchment stakeholders will inform and help structure this list and how the consultation is then taken forward on the ground.
Most of the data required has already been collected through ongoing projects and SEPA core sampling / surveying, however some additional but limited survey work will likely take place to ground truth the desk based study.
A hierarchy of options will be produced at the end of the first phase which will be prioritised based on those which:
- deliver most for river basin management planning;
- contribute to flood risk management;
- deliver additional benefits e.g. reduce diffuse pollution, improve biodiversity;
- have landowner support or involvement.
Phase two: (August 2013 – March 2014)
The second phase will involve the development of detailed site designs which are a prerequisite of on the ground implementation.
Phase three : (April 2014 – March 2015)
During the third phase we want to put in place on the ground measures which improve the water environment and help reduce flood risk.