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Yorkshire Water shows support for EuroFLOW river project

On Wednesday the 11th July, Yorkshire Water’s Environmental Assessment Team hosted a field based training day for 15 PhD students from around the world.

The training day formed part of a week-long training week organised by the University of Leeds as part of the EuroFLOW project.

EuroFLOW is a four-year EU Horizon 2020 funded project focussing on the science of river flow management. River flows around the world, including in Yorkshire are impacted by flow regulation, typically due to dam construction. This regulation can have severe environmental, social and economic impacts, and EuroFLOW will help to solve some of these problems.

The training day included visits to the stunning Gouthwaite and Scar House reservoirs in upper Nidderdale and the surrounding landscapes. It involved Yorkshire Water experts informing the international contingent of PhD students  about reservoir flow management, invasive species control, upland management and the Beyond Nature approach. The Environment Agency also attended to talk about how the water industry is regulated from an environmental perspective.

Yorkshire Water is a partner in EuroFLOW and, through delivering training, supervising PhD students and hosting secondments, will be generating cutting edge science, influencing the post-Brexit regulatory landscape and developing future talent.

Ben Gillespie, Lead Advisor - Hydroecology at Yorkshire Water, said: “The day was a great success, and it was brilliant to provide the students with a wide-ranging overview of Yorkshire Water’s environmental practices. It’s great that we can be involved throughout the project which will help to ensure multiple benefits for science, our regulatory relationship and the environment.”

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