News Archive: July - December 2010

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  • DEC 2010: NEWS UPDATEWe're pleased to write after the first year of work completed towards the establishment of the Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment and to thank all those of you who have contributed in many ways to our collective progress in the last 12 months... [READ MORE]
  • 13 Dec 2010: Installation of the first high-spec kiosk begins!!AT Engineering began the installation of the first high-spec kiosk at Salle.
  • 13 Dec 2010: Installation of rain gauges and a weather station at SalleThree tipping bucked rain gauges and an Automatic Weather station were installed around Salle. The Automatic Weather Station will be measuring, temperature, relative humidity, net radiation, wind speed and direction.
  • 17 Nov 2010: CIWEM Technical Seminar: The Cutting Edge of Environmental ResearchAndrew Lovett gave a presentation about the Wensum DTC project to around 30 members of CIWEM (Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) attending a seminar session held at UEA which fostered new contacts within the local water company.
  • 11 Nov 2010: East of England Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) stakeholder group meetingFaye Horne gave a 20 minute presentation on the Wensum DTC project to representatives from the East of England CSF stakeholder group, including Anglian Water, Essex and Suffolk Water, the NFU etc when they met for a progress report on the CSF initiative in the Eastern region. This was a great opportunity to network with others in the region involved in the tackling the issue of diffuse pollution in the Eastern region.
  • 11 Nov 2010: Loddinginton Farm open day Lister Noble attended this event on behalf of the Wensum DTC and had useful discussions with several farmers who use minimum tillage methods on their farms.
  • 04 Nov 2010: Field trip with ADAS sediment tracing team ADAS are leading a project to identify the various sources of sediment reaching water courses with the aim of developing more targeted mitigation strategies. The project leader, Adrian Collins and his colleague Leasa Williams visited the Wensum catchment with members of the UEA team to locate areas that could potentially be included as sediment tracing monitoring sites.
  • 21 Oct 2010: NIAB TAG Professional Development Training Event Andrew Lovett attended on behalf of the Wensum DTC team and gave an introductory talk on the project to those assembled.
  • 18 Oct 2010: Broads Water Quality Partnership meeting, Dragonfly House, NorwichTobi Krueger attended on behalf of the Wensum DTC team and gave the group an update on DTC progress.
  • 12 Oct 2010: Field visit with local Environment Agency staff Members of the local Environment Agency team who are carrying out the biological monitoring in the Wensum catchment met with Ros and Faye from UEA to visit potential monitoring sites. Some initial kick samples were taken for subsequent diatom identification.
  • 06 Oct 2010: Meeting with local Environment Agency staff to discuss biological monitoring Members of the Wensum DTC team met with the local Environment Agency staff who will be carrying out the biological monitoring part of the Wensum DTC programme the duration of the project. Discussions focussed on agreeing the best locations for monitoring sites and the frequency that monitoring would take place. The meeting was attended by Ros, Lister, Kevin and Faye.
  • 16–17 Sept 2010: DTC Launch Conference, Penrith and Lancaster The launch event for all three DTCs took place at the Newton Rigg campus in Penrith and at the Lancaster Environment Centre. This was an opportunity for participants in all three DTC projects to network and to look at some demo equipment on the Newton Rigg campus. The meeting included presentations from Phil Jordan’s team undertaking the Irish Mini-catchments project [link to http://www.teagasc.ie/careers/minicatchment/ ] who are also using similar monitoring equipment.
  • 15 Jul 2010: Opening Conference: Current Initiatives in the WensumAround 60 members of the Wensum Alliance met at the UEA Sportspark to hear about existing initiatives in the Wensum catchment and plans for the research and monitoring work that will be carried out under the Wensum DTC project. [READ MORE]
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