Case study:River Aggregate Sustainability Project (RASP)
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- 1 Project overview
- 2 Image gallery
- 3 Catchment and subcatchment
- 4 Site
- 5 Project background
- 6 Reasons for river restoration
- 7 Measures
- 8 Monitoring
- 9 Additional documents and videos
- 10 Additional links and references
- 11 Supplementary Information
|Project web site||http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/|
|Themes||Economic aspects, Environmental flows and water resources, Fisheries, Habitat and biodiversity, Social benefits, Urban|
|Main contact forename||Stephen|
|Main contact surname||Marsh-Smith|
|Main contact user ID|
|Contact organisation||Wye & Usk Foundation|
|Contact organisation web site||http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/|
|Partner organisations||The Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, Environment Agency Wales, Countryside Council for Wales|
|Parent multi-site project|
| This is a parent project
encompassing the following
Since the advent of mechanisation, removing sand and gravel from rivers and streams as a cheap source of material for tracks and buildings has become an increasingly common practice. Some extraction is, of course, legitimate but much is illegal. In other circumstances it is misjudgement in timing or site. There is by no means common agreement amongst statutory bodies as to the precise application of existing regulations or legislation. On top of that, such legislation and regulations that are in existence appear impossible to enforce.
The effects of these extractions can be catastrophic for channel stability, spawning fish and invertebrate life in rivers that are already facing huge challenges from other adverse land use practices. It is perceived, however, that of all aggregate removal in the UK, that from rivers and streams remains some of the most environmentally damaging.
RASP is funded by The Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, the Environment Agency Wales and Countryside Council for Wales and will ...
1. Work with Statutory bodies and specialist solicitors Guy Linley-Adams & Fish Legal we have established the current position with the law and regulation in respect of the damaging activities recorded.
2. Establishing with scientific advice what is acceptable in respect of timing, quantity, method and choice of site.
3. Produce, with Statutory bodies, Bi Lingual information and "Best Practice" guidelines (click for English or Welsh) that would guide and reduce damaging extractions.
4. Discussions with persons exercising their rights identified to be unacceptably detrimental.
5. Follow up and monitoring.
The project will reconcile extraction needs with knowledge about the sensitivities and potential damage to river ecology. Success in managing this in the Usk and Wye could lead to a pan England and Wales application.
Monitoring surveys and results
Catchment and subcatchment
Cost for project phases
Reasons for river restoration
Hydromorphological quality elements
Biological quality elements
Physico-chemical quality elements
Additional documents and videos