Laggan Burn Restoration Project
Nith Restoration Pilot Scheme | Published March 8, 2017
Pilot catchment project background SEPA is delivering a funded pilot catchment project which aims to work with local landowners and land managers on a voluntary basis to demonstrate how improvements to river habitats can be combined with measures to help reduce flood risk. The project is focusing on five catchments across Scotland, in order to trial this approach in different geographic contexts: -River Dee; -River South Esk; -River Nith; and -Glazert Water (part of the River Kelvin catchment). -River Leven (Fife) The work has been divided into four broad components: 1) catchment selection; 2) identification and prioritisation of restoration/natural flood management (NFM) opportunities; 3) landowner engagement and measures design, and 4) implementation. Stakeholder engagement is a fundamental element running throughout all phases. At the end of the project we want to be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach, have a model which can be used in future projects, and use the findings to inform the future development of river basin and flood risk management plans. Identification and prioritisation of restoration/NFM opportunities has been undertaken within each of the catchments listed above, and we have a catchment plan for restoration. The project is currently working on 18 water bodies across the five catchments. Laggan Burn Background to the Laggan Burn Scoping Scoping of the River Nith catchment was undertaken by cbec, Mott MacDonald and Walking the Talk in 2013. This work resulted in the Laggan Burn (WBID 10633) being re-classified at poor ecological status and identified as a priority for action. The final scoping report can be accessed here1. Landowner engagement Landowner engagement was undertaken by Walking the Talk in September 2014. Landowner support was obtained for the majority of landowners in reaches 2-4. However, three landowners within reaches 2-4 were either not contactable or not known. At the time of the original landowner engagement the two landowners in reach 1 were not interested. However, follow-up engagement undertaken by the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board (NDSFB) in December 2015 has secured landowner support for reach 1. Options appraisal An options appraisal was undertaken by Envirocentre in May 2015. The options appraisal report is attached as supplementary information. As buy-in from the reach 1 landowners had not been obtained the options appraisal focused solely on reaches 2-4. These initial project phases were led by SEPA. However, design and subsequent works phases are being led by NDSFB, a statutory organisation who “may execute such works as may appear expedient for the protection or improvement of the fisheries within their district”. It is considered that the Laggan restoration project will contribute to the delivery of fisheries improvements within NDSFB’s jurisdiction and result in overall improvements in the aquatic environment of the River Nith catchment. This project aims to implement measures to achieve good ecological status and deliver NFM benefits. It will act as a demonstration to promote wider uptake of channel restoration measures across the River Nith catchment. Detailed design This contract concerns detailed design, preparation of groundworks contract documentation, project management of groundworks and site supervision during groundworks.