Hydro-BPT at CIWEMs Hydromorphology and Hydropower Conference, London
John from the Hydro-BPT team attended CIWEM's 'Hydromorphology and Hydropower' Conference in London on Tuesday the 12th of November. The conference covered the 'issue of hydromorphology in the context of the Water Framework Directive and the developing programme of hydropower generation.'
The majority of conference delegates represented goverment bodies such as the Environment Agency and National Resources Wales, but representatives from Environmental Organisations, Renewable Industry and Research Institutes. John was in attendance to assess the current state of affairs and what is foreseen for the coming years for hydropower installations in rivers as the Hydro-BPT look at the future of hydropower outside the water industry.
The main topic discussed during the conference related to the Water Framework Directive (WFD), and the overall health of rivers in the UK, the existence of weirs throughout rivercources in the UK and the impacts related to the installation of hydropower at weirs locations. The strong message from the conference was the need for guidance on ensuring the health of rivers are maintained and that, in some cases, hydropower can complement the existing infrastructure without disrupting the health of rivers.
Publication date: 18 November 2013