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Modelling, managing and regulating emerging contaminants in surface waters

30 April 2019, The Studio, Manchester

The aim of this event is to share best practices to address emerging contaminants – transforming the findings from CIP1 and CIP2 into actions that improve water quality.

The Water Framework Directive has encouraged a range of interventions intended to reduce phosphorus input to water courses – both from diffuse and point sources:

  • Technical solutions installed at wastewater treatment facilities;
  • Flexible approaches to water quality permitting;
  • Catchment-scale approaches.

This conference will consider the progress that has been made on reducing phosphorus concentrations in surface waters, and what can be learned from these initiatives to address emerging contaminants and other hazards (such as microplastics and Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR)).

Key themes

  • Successes in farmer engagement
  • Regulatory approaches to water quality
  • Successes in implementing the requirements of the Stockholm Convention
  • Tackling microplastics at catchment scale: origins and options
  • Tackling AMR at catchment scale: origins and options

Outline programme

Lessons Learnt: Anglian Water’s Catchment Management Approach
Richard Reynolds, Senior Agronomy Advisor, Anglian Water

Smarter Water Catchments in the Evenlode – lessons learnt from two years of the Thames Water phosphorus catchment management trial
Monica Barker, Senior Environmental Scientist, Infrastructure – UK & Europe, Atkins

Payment for Ecosystem Services – working from Farm to Tap
Dr Jodie Rettino, Catchment and Biodiversity Lead, Severn Trent Water

Wessex Water’s Alternative Approach to the WINEP
Dr Sean Tyrrell, Catchment Scientist, and Dr John Bagnall, Water Quality Modeller, Wessex Water

Utilising Flexible Permitting Approaches in England – Progress, Current Approaches and Future Application
Barrie Howe, Senior Advisor – Water Quality, Environment Agency

Changes in farming practices: winter cover crops and the role of behavior change
Dr Miller Camargo-Valero, School of Civil Engineering, Leeds University

Filter socks and their development as a new mitigation method for agriculture
Dr Alex Cooke, Catchment Scientist, Severn Trent Water

The importance of better stewardship of Phosphorus in the Resilience and Sustainability of the UK Food System
Dr Chris Lyon, School of Earth and Environment, Leeds University

The Catchment Management and Modelling Platform and the future of integrated data modelling platforms
Prof Bridget Emmett, CEH Science Area Lead for Soil Research & Head of Site, NERC’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bangor

Microplastic contamination in the rivers of Manchester
Prof Jamie Woodward and Dr James Rothwell, Department of Geography, The University of Manchester)


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The Studio, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1NF


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£250 (ex. 20% VAT)

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