Catchment and river restoration

JBA River

We are a skilled, multi-disciplinary team of specialists in the fields of ecology, engineering, geomorphology, hydrology, GIS and Modelling. We work with you and your catchment partners to identify, plan and deliver innovative improvements for rivers and catchments and understand that each project is different – requiring a fully integrated, flexible approach to tailor the solution to both the site and stakeholders involved. Our priority is that you have the right team in place to deliver the best solution
for you.

Making improvements to the watercourses and floodplains by working with natural processes provides a wide range of benefits to the environment and society.

We believe in the benefits that a whole systems approach can bring to providing sustainable solutions for catchment and river management challenges, both now and in the future.

We have the expertise to help you at any stage of your project, from initial project conceptualisation, through to detailed design and implementation. Our established process enables us to deliver projects of all sizes and scales to implement practical solutions for our clients.

Our services
CRR team

  • Natural Processes and Catchment Management
  • River Restoration Plans
  • Geomorphological Assessments: Fluvial Audits and River Classification Surveys
  • Ecological Assessments: Aquatic Macroinvertebrate sampling, Macrophyte surveys and River Habitat Surveys
  • Fisheries Science: Habitat surveys and fish
    impact assessments
  • Hydraulic Habitat Modelling
  • Water Framework Directive Assessments
  • Fish Pass Design
  • Engineering Feasibility and Design Studies

Working with Natural Processes

Working with natural processes involves actions to manage flood and coastal erosion risk by protecting, restoring and emulating the natural regulating function of catchments, rivers, floodplains and coasts. This is often also referred to as Natural Flood Management.

This approach, through the use of more sustainable ‘soft’ and ‘green’ engineering techniques, together with appropriate changes in land management can also contribute to the delivery of a wide range of other benefits to the environment and society.

Over a two year period JBA led a partnership of specialists from Newcastle University, James Hutton Institute, Lancaster University and Forest Research in developing a national Working With Natural Processes (WWNP) evidence base to help flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) authorities in the UK understand, justify, develop and implement FCERM schemes which include Natural Flood Management measures.

This work was launched by the Environment Agency at the end of October 2017 bridging the gap between current knowledge/ research and on the ground practice.  The WWNP Evidence Base helps to identify suitable locations for future catchment and coastal based WWNP projects and is made up of:

  • A database of case studies which illustrate the full range of measures that are currently being used
  • Maps that help identify opportunities for Natural Flood Management measures.

Research, education and training

At the forefront of cutting edge science, we are continually pushing the boundaries forward. Developing innovative planning tools, improving modelling, testing and monitoring new techniques.

We actively share our knowledge through research, education and training in partnership with external academic links and the JBA Trust. For more information on current and past research please visit JBA Trust.

We have used our technical expertise and broad experience in the industry to help develop and deliver the Flood and Coastal Risk Management Post Graduate Certificate in conjunction with Lancaster University.

Project case studies

River Wharfe

River Wharfe

Restoring the River Wharfe SSSI:
A River Restoration plan


Holnicote Project

From source to sea:
The Holnicote project

River Teme

River Teme

River Teme SSSI:
A River Restoration plan

We can help you

If you would like to discuss how we can work together please contact Steve Maslen.

Email Steve Maslen
+44 (0)1274 714269