Research and analysis

River sediments and habitats: impacts of captial works and maintennance - phase 2

This research improves our understanding of the interactions between sediments, habitats and watercourse sediment management actions.

Documents

River Sediments and Habitats: Impacts of Captial Works and Maintennance - Phase 2

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River Sediments and Habitats: Impacts of Captial Works and Maintennance - Phase 2 Summary

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Detail

The management of sediment in watercourses within England & Wales is likely to become more important in the coming years and decades. This is due to the anticipated affects of climate change on rainfall intensity and frequency, and the associated increasing delivery of sediment from upstream watercourses and catchments. The management of this sediment will have to be carried out against the backgoround of the increased protection afforded to hydromorphology and ecology as part of the Water Framework Directive and Habitats Directive.