Workshop 2 - River Naturalisation
The Water Framework Directive objectives require the restoration of river process as well as river form. Too often in the past river restoration has engineered form without process or has utilised artificial structures to mimic natural morphology. It has also suffered from an emphasis on restoring for channel stability when all river systems should be naturally dynamic. This workshop session will attempt to synthesise past approaches and lessons learned to date regarding restoring both river and floodplain form and process, drawing information from participants on the following key areas:
- Type of river on which measures have been tried
- Background information used to define a restoration methodology
- Restoration methodologies adopted
- River response to restoration and whether these were those desired
- Lessons learned – ways to improve methods for the future
- Other useful information including Contractors, EA contacts etc.
Individual group findings will be documented during the workshop session and incorporated into an overall summary for presentation in a plenary session.