Lessons to learn from the UK River Restoration projects

Bettess, R. and Fisher, K. (1998) Lessons to learn from the UK River Restoration projects. Ribamod- River Basin modelling, management and flood mitigation conceted action. pp. 185-198. ISSN 92-828-7110-X

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Abstract

The European Union has contributed funds to the restoration of rivers in the UK and in Denmark through the LIFE programme. The restoration of the UK rivers, under this programme, has been undertaken by the River Restoration Project. This paper will discuss the lessons to learn from one of the UK trial sites on the River Cole. River restoration is much more than just engineering a natural shape to the river channel. The channel has to work geomorphologically, the conditions must be suitable as habitat for the flora and fauna typical of the area and the proposals must be acceptable to the landowners and the community at large. In practice river restoration has proved to be the solution of many local problems to achieve the broad concepts for the site. River restoration requires professionals from many disciplines to work together -geomorphologists, ecologists, hydraulic engineers, planners. The paper will describe: • the planning design and implementation of restoration schemes; • the successes and difficulties with the scheme; • how the river has responded after the initial restoration works; and • lessons to learn for future schemes When approached sensitively and with the appropriate community involvement, restoration can form a part of sustainable management of river catchments.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Floods > River management
Water > Integrated catchment management
Water > General
Divisions: Water
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email i.services@hrwallingford.com
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2020 09:45
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2020 09:45
URI: http://eprints.hrwallingford.com/id/eprint/398

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