This one day course gives an introduction to the Water Framework Directive (WFD) which provides you with an understanding of what types of work within a watercourse and floodplain would require WFD compliance assessment. Different levels of WFD compliance assessment will be discussed and what the governing body would be looking for as part of that assessment.
Particular focus will be on the hydromorphological and ecological elements of the WFD and what standard techniques and methods can be used to undertake WFD compliance assessments. How to identify issues with possible schemes or intervention within a watercourse will be covered as well as possible mitigation measures to address any issues. Case studies will be used to capture key messages and information and the course will take the form of a series of presentations with numerous group exercises and opportunities for general discussion.
- River managers
- River engineers
How to embed WFD compliance within your scheme, understanding levels of assessment, identifying opportunities for mitigation and improvement.
Matthew Hemsworth BSc MSc MCIWEM C.WEM
Matt is a Principal Geomorphologist and JBA’s Lead Fluvial Geomorphologist. He has worked at JBA for over ten years leading river restoration, sediment management, weir removal, WFD assessment and restoration optioneering and design projects. Matt has delivered geomorphology and river restoration training to a variety of clients and co-delivers the River Restoration and Sustainable Floodplain Management PgCert course for Lancaster University.
Kimberley Jennings BSc MSc MCIEEM
Kimberley is a Senior Ecologist and Team Leader. She has worked at JBA for seven years and has experience regarding river restoration including weir removal schemes, catchment level assessments, and design and optioneering for restoration plans. Kimberley has extensive experience carrying out WFD assessments for a range of clients and projects. She also delivers internal training on this subject. Currently, Kimberley chairs JBA’s Catchment and River Restoration Team.