Our changing climate and recent wet weather highlights the importance of understanding and improving the way river catchments are managed. To help inform this, SEPA is running a project in the Glazert Water Catchment, one of four catchments selected across Scotland. SEPA have commissioned the EnvioCentre to carry out phase one of the project, which is focused on scoping opportunities for measures delivery.
An important element of this process is working with local landowners and land managers on a voluntary basis to demonstrate how improvements to river habitats can be combined with measures that will help to reduce flood risk, whilst ensuring proper consideration of existing land use.
To give landowners and land managers, within the Glazert Catchment, the opportunity to find out more about the project, representatives from the project team will be at Campsie Show, Bogton Farm on 1 June 2013. This is the first stage in a wider programme of consultation and engagement, and is an opportunity to learn about the approach they are taking, ask questions and raise concerns at the start of the project.
Between now and March 2016, SEPA will be working closely with consultants to look at options in the Glazert Catchment and developing a package of support, including grant funding. Establishing partnerships with local landowners and land managers is essential for the project to succeed, so do consider getting involved.