In order to legally abstract water from a watercourse for use within a washing plant, an Environment Agency Abstraction Licence is required. it is common practice for aquatic invertebrate monitoring to be conditioned under the terms of the licence to guard against the risk that the process might have a significant effect upon the biodiversity within a watercourse due to abstraction affecting the water flow. The data gathered are analysed to produce two scores that determine whether or not abstraction is deleterious, these comprise:
AEcol design and perform such monitoring for a wide range of quarry types in various geographical locations and, as with all our work; if a negative effect is identified we work with the quarry to seek a method of mitigating the effect with the minimum impact upon productivity.
If would like to see an example of an abstraction licence compliance report, why not send us a message, email us using ku.oc.locea@ofni or call us on 01278 429290 and we will provide a case-study to suit the context of your project. We look forward to hearing from you!
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