Sediment management

Fine grained sediment

Our team includes Dr Peter Stone, who co-authored the Sediment Matters manual for the Environment Agency. His expertise – combined with specialist skills in sediment fingerprinting and extensive experience of more than 15,000 km of walkover surveys – help us to identify sources of fine-grained diffuse pollution.

Fine sediment being carried into a stream by a smaller stream

Fine sediment entering a stream.

Land use issues

APEM has been pivotal in supporting the Environment Agency and other bodies in catchment land use issues by undertaking key national sediment tracing projects, as well as developing the techniques on which these surveys were based. As a result we have a comprehensive understanding of catchment land use impacts on watercourses.

Our multi-disciplinary team allows us to understand the wider, and often conflicting requirements in the catchment, and to develop solutions for mutual benefit.

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Strategic science

APEM plays a key role in supporting clients in the monitoring and management of rivers and catchments, including developing strategic documents and methodologies which now underpin key aspects of SSSI and SAC management.

Key elements of this work include the interpretation and presentation of results in an ecological context, and the understanding of ecological receptors.

Our team’s expertise spans both sediment and ecological disciplines, and includes specialist understanding of fish, macroinvertebrates, macrophytes and diatoms, as well as the habitats of each of these species. This means we can interpret and present findings with specific reference to all these features of interest.

Understanding clients’ needs

Our extensive experience of client investigations, and the associated reporting of the subsequent findings, has given us a sound understanding of the most appropriate reporting style. This is particularly important given the often highly specialist technical elements of the studies.

We understand that the ultimate aim of the reports is to provide the evidence base that can be effectively communicated to stakeholders in catchments, to manage the areas effectively and improve the local environments wherever possible.

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