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Aquatic and riparian plant management: controls for vegetation in watercourses

Provides watercourse managers in flood risk management operating authorities with a framework to help inform decisions on when and how to manage vegetation.

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Aquatic and riparian plant management: Summary

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Aquatic and riparian plant management: Field guide

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Aquatic and riparian plant management: Technical guide

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Aquatic and riparian plant management: Case study report

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Aquatic and riparian plant management: Literature review

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Aquatic and riparian plant management: Decision-making spreadsheet tool

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The management of aquatic and riparian plants is essential to ensure the efficient functioning of many watercourses. Management needs to be cost-effective, take account of legal restrictions, and meet the needs of the greatest number of watercourse users while minimising negative environmental impacts.

The field manual, technical guide and decision-making spreadsheet tool are intended for use in catchments where aquatic and riparian plants need to be periodically controlled or removed to achieve the watercourse’s desired function. The case study report and a literature review report summarise the evidence on which the framework is based.

These resources provide watercourse managers in flood risk management operating authorities in England and Wales with a framework to help inform decisions on when and how to manage vegetation, taking into account the species present and the type of watercourse.

Published 3 July 2014
Last updated 7 January 2015 + show all updates
  1. The case study report was updated in January 2015 following additional field work at the case study sites in August 2014.
  2. First published.