Don’t miss these workshops at the River Restoration Conference

Our Catchment and River Restoration Team are at the Annual River Restoration Conference today and tomorrow. Pop by our stand at the conference to talk to them about all things catchment and river restoration.

Here is a short synopsis of the workshops and posters that our team are presenting over the next two days.

Day one

15.40 Letting nature innovate – can natural processes manage flood risk? Steve Rose, JBA and Lydia Burgess-Gamble, Environment Agency

Working with Natural Processes (WWNP) involves restoring more naturally functioning catchments and coasts. Interest in this greener approach to flood risk management has soared in recent years because, if properly planned and executed, it can further help to reduce the risk of flooding to people and property and have a positive effect on the environment and society. However, to date the application of this innovative component of the flood risk management toolbox has yet to become fully mainstream because the evidence to support WWNP has been hard to obtain and limited tools are available to help interested parties make strong business cases for funding.
This presentation will showcase early outcomes from the new WWNP Evidence Directory – a resource that will describe ‘what we know’ and ‘what we don’t know’ about the effectiveness of different WWNP measures at reducing flood risk whilst delivering other benefits. We will also discuss the development of a WWNP mapping toolbox, which will help practitioners identify key locations in a catchment where WWNP measures could be most effective.
15.55 Integrated Riparian Survey – A Holistic Survey Technique, Kieran Sheehan

The Integrated Riparian Survey (IRiS) is a new holistic survey technique that we have been developing since 2012, based on our experience of surveying, for example, the Rivers Teme, Ribble, Wharfe and Stour. We have been developing and employing a fully integrated survey whereby all features of interest within the river corridor are recorded together. This methodology was first employed on the River Teme in 2012 and has since been refined into a formal interdisciplinary survey method between Ecology and Geomorphology.

16.20 Modelling, mapping and engaging with NFM in Cumbria
Barry Hankin, Head of Environmental Modelling
Modelling, mapping and engaging with nature based flood risk regulation for the Eden, Derwent and Kent catchments.


1. The River Colne and Staines Moor – Finding the Connection
Kieran Sheehan and Alex Jones, and Nancy from Environment Agency

2. Mud, mud (glorious?) mud. How the river Quaggy found its own way
Cheryl Briars, Assistant Analyst in partnership with Queen Mary University

3. Yorkshire Derwent at Kexby – Lessons in Consultation
Kieran Sheehan and Tom Paget, Environment Agency

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