Case study:Creation of a Constructed Farm Wetland

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Status Complete
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Themes Habitat and biodiversity, Land use management - agriculture, Water quality
Country England
Main contact forename Zara
Main contact surname Turtle
Main contact user ID User:Zara
Contact organisation Severn Trent
Contact organisation web site http://www.stwater.co.uk/about-us/environment/catchment-management/steps1/
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Creation of a Constructed Farm Wetland to improve farm runoff protection of the CoundBrook tributary of the River Severn A large mixed arable and sheep farm in the Shrewsbury area recognised they could reduce the risk of runoff occurring from their farm and associated yard area which also included septic tanks and soak aways With the help of STEPS (Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme) funding and advice they constructed a large wetland (reed bed feeding into a pool) designed to capture and slow down any runoff, potential spillage or overflow from the farm areas and to provide tertiary treatment prior to entering any downstream watercourses The wetland and reedbed cost £15,000 in total of which the STEPS grant covered 33% of the cost with the farmer contributing the rest Pleased with the results of this work and the financial and advisory help provided through the STEPS scheme, this farmer has gone on to successfully apply for further STEPS funded improvements.

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