The monitoring will assist Anglian Water in quantifying the potential impact of abstraction at each site and identify and evaluate suitable mitigation options where necessary.

The findings will then be used by the Environment Agency to determine whether or not to require the company to invest in environmental improvement schemes during the AMP7 period, 2020 to 2025, with the aim of ensuring that abstraction does not prevent the water body achieving good ecological status under the EU Water Framework Directive.

APEM’s field survey teams will sample macroinvertebrates, monitor water quality and measure flows at 90 locations in 2016 and 2017. Samples of macroinvertebrates will be processed in APEM’s laboratories to meet the strict standards for quality control required by the Environment Agency.

The Environment Agency’s Water Resources National Environment Programme requires that water companies in England put in place measures to mitigate unacceptable impacts of abstraction on rivers.

If you have any queries, please contact Dr David Bradley, director of freshwater ecology.
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