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Icebergs in the Thames
Source dispels the top ten myths about water shortages in the UK.
With the amount of rain we get in the Northwest it is hard to believe that water could ever possibly be in short supply. In reality though, water supplies in the UK are already under serious threat, a threat which will only be exacerbated once climate change starts making an impact. With drier summers on the horizons water shortage will become a major issue not just for people, but for our environment as well. Matthew Sutcliffe takes a look at the bleak future of our region’s water supplies and examines United Utilities’ strategic direction statement that sets out its plans for coping with the challenges of climate change and our over-use of water.
The water vole is the UK’s fastest declining mammal species thanks to a reduction in available habitats and the introduction of the predatory American mink. It is estimated that the species has lost 94% of its range making it a Biodiversity Action Plan priority species. James Fair follows two dedicated projects, the Northwest Lowlands Water Vole Project and the Cumbria Water Vole Project to learn about what’s being done to save these wonderful creatures.
Weir-ed and Wonderful
During the industrial revolution mills generated their power by utilising the force of nearby rivers. Now in the 21st century micro-hydro schemes are popping up along our waterways using modern technology to generate green energy from our rivers. Jason Teasdale goes out to investigate various schemes located across the Northwest and learns about the challenges and opportunities faced by these small-scale hydropower schemes.
Water: local planning and management
Handbook created by the Interreg-funded ENMaR project partners. The report highlights good practice concerning water management. It also provides resource tools to municipalities to aid them in meeting the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The handbook outlines the project’s themes and describes the partner regions involved. A chapter is given to each of the key themes of the project (spatial planning, tourism, water management, agriculture and forestry) which highlight differences and similarities among the regions.