Problems Associated With Flood Patterns And Poor Water Quality

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Introduction The River Churn has various issues associated with flood patterns and poor water quality, affected by continually changing land-use patterns. A bi-product is the negative impact that poor water quality has had on ecology. The main aim therefore was to improve the water quality and biodiversity in order to meet the demands of EU Legislation, during a three-year pilot project. The approach was provided by the WILD Project (Water with Integrated Local Delivery). The WILD Project was initiated in 2013, by FWAG (The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group), set within the Cotswold Water Park (FWAG South West, 2015). The EU Legislative Body is the Water Framework Directive (WFD) defining a water body as ‘not a commercial product like any others, but instead a heritage which must be protected, defended and treated as such’ (European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, 2000). Under the Community Water Policy Seminar (1998), the need for ‘Community’ legislation covering ecological quality was established. Therefore an integrated ‘Community’ policy on water was developed, an area that the WILD Project has incorporated, using an ‘Integrated Local Delivery’ method integrated with a ‘Catchment Based Approach’. The main objective was achieving the ‘good ecological status’ on all surface and groundwater, or in heavily modified sections the river must achieve ‘good ecological potential’ (European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, 2000). The
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