APEM helps to keep the essential supply of clean water and electricity flowing, whilst protecting the natural life in our rivers, lakes, wetlands and estuaries.

Robust scientific evidence

Licensed water users are required to investigate whether abstraction and impoundment is having, or could have, an impact on the ecological status of water bodies or the condition of protected species and habitats.

Where this is the case, suitable mitigation measures need to be identified and these must be justified by robust evidence.

APEM offers a complete package of strategic thinking, environmental assessment, monitoring, analysis, options appraisal, reporting and stakeholder engagement to solve the challenges of abstraction licensing and reservoir operation. We take a strong scientific approach, striving for pragmatic, cost-effective outcomes and early regulator agreement.

Our water abstraction servicesSluice gates on a river

  • The UK’s foremost interdisciplinary hydro-ecology expertise, comprising ecologists, hydrologists, geomorphologists and water quality scientists. They are supported by a dedicated field survey team, remote sensing team and aquatic laboratories.
  • The UK’s leading experts in the environmental regulation of surface water intakes, under the Eels Regulations and Habitats Regulations.
  • Leading scientific development in hydro-ecology and water regulation including published research on the ecological impacts of abstraction, heavily modified water bodies and abstraction licensing for the Water Framework Directive.
  • First class project management and a proven ability to deliver large and complex projects with multiple partners.
  • An extensive portfolio of abstraction and reservoir studies for water companies and hydropower operators, including the UK’s largest National Environment Programme in AMP5 and AMP6 for Severn Trent Water.
  • A significant track record of research and engagement with regulators including the Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Natural Resources Wales and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
  • River in drought or low flow
  • Field scientist in a river gathering samples

If you have any queries, please contact Dr David Bradley, director of freshwater ecology.
Alternatively you can email us here. Or call 0161 442 8938.