Diffuse Pollution: Evidence, Effective Practice and Lessons for Policy, Practice and Investment
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Diffuse Pollution: Evidence, Effective Practice and Lessons for Policy, Practice and Investment

18/07/2018 to 19/07/2018
When: 18th - 19th July 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: SCI
14-15 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8PS
United Kingdom
Contact: Olivia McLaughlin
+44 (0)207 831 3110

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Event Description

Diffuse pollution plays a pivotal role in how successfully water quality objectives under the Water Framework Directive are achieved. Despite significant progress being made on improving the quality of our rural, urban and bathing waters in the past 15 years, diffuse pollution continues to be a major impediment to meeting these objectives.

Is a fresh approach needed to resolve chronic problems? Prioritisation for action requires fresh considerations:

  • Considering population of a catchment as important as the size of waterbody;
  • Contribution of diffuse pollution load carried by a stream to a bathing beach, river, lake or canal;
  • Making problems evident at source, not when far downstream at an open section of the watercourse;
  • Effective integration with flood risk management and urban watercourses including SUDS, river restoration and natural flood risk management in catchments.

The aim of this conference will be to set out the policy drivers and opportunities, emerging trends and understanding on the scale of the problem and current progress on diffuse pollution from a range of sources. It will examine the delivery of cost effective practice and what form this should take, and how lessons can be taken forward into post-Brexit policy and investment programmes.

This two-day event will present innovative case studies, collaborative approaches and facilitate discussion on the scale of the issue and current progress on rural, urban and bathing water quality issues and diffuse pollution.


Further Information

For more information or to book your place, please visit the CIWEM website.

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