Welcome to the fifth edition of the DTC Newsletter. DTC Newsletter June 2013
A two day conference and seminar on 21 and 22 January 2013 held at Mary Sumner House, London provided policymakers, delivery agencies and land and water and catchment managers with an opportunity to learn about the latest research and to discuss the findings from the three Demonstration Test Catchments. Conference proceedings, including the programme, abstract and presentations are available to download here…
Day 1 Presentations The first two years
Setting the Scene
- Introduction and the Demonstration Test Catchment project – Bob Harris (DTC Secretariat)
- Demonstration Test Catchments overview – Dan McGonigle (Defra)
- Experimental approach to high-resolution water quality monitoring – Kevin Hiscock (UEA)
Check: “What’s the Problem” – understanding the situation
- Overview on characterising catchments – Dave Allen (BGS)
- The farm baseline survey – Andrew Lovett (UEA)
- Apportioning pollution sources using tracing – Adrian Collins (ADAS)
- Assessing impacts on ecological functioning – Iwan Jones (Queen Mary, University of London)
Plan: The Measures – which ones, where and how much?
- Overview on implementing groups of measures in DTC: “treatment trains” – Sean Burke
- Source control – targeting measures for arable tillage – Kevin Hiscock (UEA)
- Nutrient chemistry dynamics in headwater catchments: impacts of livestock farming and wetland mitigation – Penny Johnes (Univ of Reading)
- Intercepting the pathways – slowing the flow and trapping the sediment with multifunctional mitigation schemes – Paul Quinn (Newcastle Univ)
- Intercepting flow pathways or small farm wetlands trap sediment and nutrients and carbon – John Quinton (Lancaster Univ)
- Protecting the receptor – buffer strips efficacy – Martin Blackwell (N Wyke)
Do: Overcoming the barriers of acceptance and take-up
- Gaining farmers’ trust and using farmers’ diaries – Will Cleasby (Eden Rivers Trust)
- What kind of science for what kind of farmer? – Michael Winter (Univ of Exeter)
- Overcoming the barriers to take up – developing the DTC/CSF link– Antony Williamson & Phil Smith (EA)
Review: Do measures work? – evaluating and transferring results
- Collecting and interpreting the data – tracking a storm event – Clare Benskin (Univ of Lancaster), Fiona Grant (ADAS), Jennine Jonczyk (Univ of Newcastle), Charlotte Lloyd (Univ of Bristol) & Faye Outram (UEA)
- The DTC data base and what we will get out of it – Mike Dobson (Freshwater Biological Association)
- The Catchment Change Management Hub – Clare Black (Cascade Consulting) & Marion Walker (Univ of Lancaster)
- Developing a catchment toolkit – integrating data streams to report environmental outcomes for targeted on-farm interventions – Adrian Collins (ADAS)
Day 2 The next two years
- Introduction: Science policy interface – Susie Willows (Defra)
- ‘What’s the problem?’ – Rachael Dils (EA)
- Mechanisms and Measures– James LePage (NE) & Lindsey Stewart (NE)
- ‘A catchment approach’ – Richard Cole (Defra)
The second policy and practice note in the DTC series provides a brief introduction to the three demonstration test catchments, the pollution problems in each catchment and some of the potential solutions being trialled. It may be downloaded here or for a hard copy please email Anne Liddon.
The first policy and practice note in the series is also available to download “Creating and applying robust information resources for catchment management” Note No. 01.
Demonstrating Test Catchments
January 21st and 22nd 2013
Mary Sumner House, Meeting Rooms
24 Tufton St, London SW1P 3RB
This two day conference and seminar event will offer the opportunity for policy makers, delivery agencies, land and water managers and catchment managers to learn about the catchment scale water quality and land management research currently underway in the Defra-funded Demonstration Test Catchments research platform.
Day one (10-5 pm) –DTC the Last Two Years – will provide an overview of the catchment scale research and examples of the lessons learned so far, with opportunities for questions, discussion and accessing further details throughout. It will be structured into 4 sections:
- Understanding the problem
- Implementing Measures
- Acceptance and take-up
- Evaluating success
Day two (10- 1 pm) – DTC the Next Two Years – will provide an opportunity for more in-depth discussions led by Defra and the EA between the science research teams and stakeholders concerned with water quality. The intention is to develop a dialogue and help guide future work in the DTC (and related) research platforms in the context of the existing and emerging policy approaches and delivery challenges in:
- Designing water quality monitoring approaches
- Engaging stakeholders in decision-making at catchment scales
- Understanding diffuse pollution risk: what does DTC research tell us about the spatial and temporal factors at play in the mobilisation, transport and impact of diffuse pollution?
- Planning and implementing diffuse pollution mitigation measures
- Analysis of farm practice data from baseline surveys – what does it tell us about farming/farm advisory services/ the culture of farming and future farm security
- Decision support tools and water quality modelling – future needs
The workshop is free but numbers are limited so please contact Bob Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and for further details.
The 3rd edition of the DTC Newsletter (September 2012) , compiled by Anne Liddon (Newcastle University), is available now.
Abstract deadline: 20 October 2012
This conference aims to discuss the entire policy cycle for water quality improvement. This cycle includes problem recognition, formulation of technical options, the process of policy development, interaction with policy makers, stakeholders and pressure groups, policy implementation, monitoring and research. This conference also aims to intensify contacts, on the one hand, between scientists with a background in natural sciences and scientists with a background in social and economic sciences and, on the other hand, between scientists, water managers and policy makers. In short, the objectives are:
– to provide forum for exchange of scientific knowledge, research on system knowledge, modelling and uncertainty;
– to discuss the entire policy cycle for water quality improvement;
– to intensify contacts (a) between soil/water related scientists, agro related scientists, social scientists, ecological scientists and economists, and (b) between scientists, water managers and policy makers.
Target groups and keywords
Target groups are scientists, managers and policy makers involved in the policy cycle for water quality improvement. It includes activities characterised by the following keywords: agronomy, agro-economics, agro-sociology, water management, water policy, hydrology, aquatic ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems, unsaturated zone, groundwater, surface waters, drinking water, monitoring, modelling, water quality, nutrients, agro-chemicals.
Contributions are solicited according to the following themes, themes A through F.
A.. Increasing system knowledge: research to increase understanding and improving modelling of the hydro(geo)logical, geochemical and biochemical reality
B.. Impact of climate change and weather variability: assessment of effect on groundwater and surface water quality and distinguishing from effect of human behaviour
C.. Assessment of national policy: assessment of effects of programmes of measures on water quality on a regional and national scale
D.. Field research and data interpretation: research (monitoring and modelling) at plot and field scale for quantifying effects of farming practices and changes in land use
E.. Managing protected areas: use of monitoring and modelling to improve water quality for drinking water supply areas and habitat and species protection areas
F.. Decision-making and implementation: role of policy, stakeholder and science in decision-making, and social and economic incentives and constraints for implementation (carrots and sticks)
For topics relevant these themes we refer to http://www.luwq2013.nl/themes_and_topics.
More information is on http://www.luwq2013.nl/
In 2009, water@leeds organised a workshop to identify the priority water research questions for the UK – this led to the publication of a paper in the journal Science of the Total Environment*. Taking this idea to a global level, water@leeds has launched a survey to try and identify the global water research questions – and YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! This is an ambitious project and we require as many responses from around the world as possible. Please contribute to the survey and pass the details onto your contacts.
If you have further questions please contact Rebecca Slack
*Brown, L.E., Mitchell, G., Holden, J., Wright, N., Beharry-Borg, N., Berry, G., Brierley, B., Chapman, P., Clarke, S., Cotton, L., Davies, R.J., Dobson, M., Dollar, E., Elfleet, M., Fletcher, M., Folkard, A., Foster, J., Griffiths, M., Hanlon, A., Hildon, S., Hiley, P., Hillis, P., Hoseason, J., Johnston, K., Kay, P., McDonald, A., Parrot, A., Philips, M., Powell, A., Ponton, G., Slack, R.J., Sleigh, A., Spray, C., Tapley, K., Underhill, R. & Woulds, C. (2010) Priority water research questions as determined by UK practitioners and policy-makers. Science of the Total Environment 409: 261-271
The June 2012 DTC Newsletter, compiled by Anne Liddon (Newcastle University), is now available.
Govtoday presents Natural Environment 2012: Balancing Nature, Society and the Economy Conference and Exhibition, which will be held on the 12th June 2012 at the prestigious Brewery Conference Centre, London.
Natural Environment 2012: Balancing Nature, Society and the Economy will examine the first White Paper for over 20 years on the Natural Environment. ‘The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature’ was launched on the 7th June 2011 by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman MP, and placed the value of nature at the centre of choices that the nation must take.
Natural Environment 2012: Balancing Nature, Society and the Economy Conference and Exhibition will examine the Government’s proposals, debate the methodology and question the actions to protect the environment for future generations. It will look at strengthening the economy in a environmentally sustainable way to improve quality of life and well-being, and will highlight the requirements for industry participation, as well as the pivotal role that this sector will play in the meeting of targets.
For further information go to www.natural-environment.co.uk
To book your place please call 0161 238 8881 or email email@example.com quoting ref CAM6
The JBA Trust will be hosting a workshop on river restoration at the University of Gloucestershire on 10th and 11th of May 2012. This event will cover important restoration opportunities linked to the Defra Catchment Restoration Fund and will cover obstruction removal/modification, river and floodplain reconnection, urban channel restoration and river naturalisation.
For further information about the workshop please follow this link to the JBA website.