The projects mentioned below are those that are active at the moment. All started in February 2011.
- Grey Waters of the Moor. Looking at Dartmoor as a source of grey water to be used in a major site of employment for non potable uses. The Environmental implications of water take, the law and regulation. The roles of old Forest Law and the Duchy of Cornwall have also to be considered.
- Landscape of Flooding and Landslip. Devon. Over the last few months there have been several instances of major landslips along the North and South Coasts of the county, there have also been instances of unusual flood incidents; this work is investigating links between the two issues.
- Catchments Management Plans. The Environment Agency. This is an overview and critique of the Agency’s online document. The scope of this work covers England and Wales.
- Trent Water Power and Fishing. A piece of research looking at the history of the River Trent and its importance as a major dynamo and food resource of the Midlands. The notable environmental implications will be considered.
The Trust will respond to need at any time; it supplies information from its extensive library; puts together water awareness talks for schools, colleges and other organisations tailored to any specific requirements, in-house training courses can be delivered to cover any issues regarding water. Many universities use the Trust for external contact, mentoring and visiting lecturer involvement.
The Trust presents papers to around ten conferences every year. Also the Trust will carry out small scale research on planning issues: little plover, dragonflies, and water voles being regular requests.
Projects that are to be Carried Out.
The closures of Gypsum mining operation in the county have raised concerns for water pollution issues to the natural environment as well as a possible threat to the aquifers in the county. The operating sites also need consideration as to restoration to safeguard the flora and fauna of the area. Along side a study of flora that is not native to the area but the wastes from the mineral workings would be desirable.
A study to understand the complex nature of water issues relating to the common waterways of Rye and Winchelsea. The waters of the Military Canal, the Pannel Sewer, River Tillingham, River Brand, River Rother and other smaller water courses converge to create a unique habitat. Issues such as agriculture, leisure and recreation, town run off and sedimentation will all be considered.
3/ Sussex Downs.
A briefing paper looking at the southward flowing streams that rise along the southern aspect of the Downs. Looking at the different flows and where they start flowing from in winter, summer and draught flow regimes. This would also consider the impacts of diverse sources of pollution in some streams and the effects over a period of time.
4/ River Severn, Shropshire.
Concerns have been expressed regarding the possible development of small scale hydro electric power generating schemes in the UK. This section of the Severn catchments is a good area to look at,
With diverse fish stocks and a varied selection of habitats that might be impacted on. The economics and social implication would be considered. This study would be relevant nationally in conjunction with the Environment Agency’s report on possible hydro generation sites.
5/ Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire Borders.
An overview of the watercourses of the old exposed coalfield of the area. With the end of coal mining in the area there should be major improvements to the environment, but is the water environment threatened by a new, diverse set of problems? Any mitigation works will need to find funds and cost effective solutions to concerns that have arisen or are likely to arise.
6/ Derbyshire Peak District.
The effects on streams and rivers flowing from this area have contamination loads that emanate from long closed lead and other metalliferous mines; many only small that can still impact on the wellbeing of the natural world. This and the large road stone and other quarrying activities need an overview of the present impacts to the area’s environment.
7/ The Changing Weather, Impacts of Global Warming. Devon.
This research looks at the rainfall, climactic variations and their effects regarding the stream and river flows on Dartmoor, and particularly the value of this source of drinking water for the
populous South West coast. Consideration will be given to draught conditions as in 1976 and in the early 1990s.
8/ The Environmental Effects of the Now Closed Coalfield of Kent.
Rivers subsiding, aquifers polluted, acid spoil heaps, beaches sullied, wildlife endangered and now what is the true situation; the Kent Coalfield is hidden by the image of the Garden of England.
There is much to investigate in these socially isolated areas and much to be learnt.
9/ The Truth about Bitterns. Midlands.
Marshland is the home of this rare and elusive bird and annually mineral companies develop their old redundant sites as havens for these birds. The research is underway but is there a lot of over stated ambition being put forward.
10/ The Balkan Invasion. UK Wide.
Since the 1950s cormorants of a sub group originating in the Balkans have entered Britain, they unlike their native relations live inland along freshwater rivers rather than on the coast. There is a growing intolerance of their presence in this country: anglers, fishery owner, and many others wish to see major culls take place. Are stories about them killing fish for fun true or are they myth?
What environmental indicators do they demonstrate?
11/ Waste Water and History. Shrewsbury.
This project is based around the River Severn and the Shrewsbury area. There are several useful medieval legal precedents and mistakes that have modern analogies. The need to look back at history and mistakes that have been made saves making these again a less likely outcome today. The research will cover private discharge and water company law as well as contractual obligation, Crown Immunity and custom.
12/ Rivers as Rubbish Dumps. Shropshire and Nottinghamshire.
The rivers of the UK are continually being spoilt by thoughtless people throwing their waste away into waterways. This is a constantly growing problem particularly in urban areas; rubbish disposal costs are increasing and the saying ‘out of sight, out of
mind’ appears to be a developing rule. This research will compare two of the country’s major rivers, one rural the other urban, to compare the volume and composition of this pollution. The costs for the tax payer are rising as all the rubbish has to be collected and disposed of to landfill.
13/ River-Borne Diseases. River Trent, Nottinghamshire.
Police, farmers and other people who come into contact with stream and river water or their marginal flora, are recognised as risk areas. Members of the Nottinghamshire Police Force are amongst those that have asked for help in this matter. Weils disease, forms of hepatitis and other infections are known to have been contracted in this country from these areas. There is a need to research the true situation and what needs to be done to avoid contagion.
14/ Grey Water. Nottinghamshire.
Grey water, water harvesting and new septic tanks are developing technologies based round the UK new build property development industry. Older properties are being put forward for retro – fit of
these systems. Is this whole ‘green’ revolution good for the natural environment, the pocket of those buying into these schemes, or is it ecological blackmail?
For your information North East Climate Change Adaptation Study – Impacts – Groundwater & Minewater