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Job Opportunity: Assistant Modeller for cbec eco-engineering UK Ltd
Job Opportunity: Assistant Modeller for cbec eco-engineering UK Ltd Full-time, three-month fixed-term post, with aim to become permanent position. Salary commensurate with experience. Flexible location, though Glasgow location preferred. Immediate start, applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.
Item added on - 2nd September 2014

Job opportunity: Contract supervisor for the River Arun restroation project
The RSPB led Arun Rother Connections (ARC) project is looking to recruit a contract supervisor to manage delivery of a major river restoration project; a 13.5km stretch of the Upper Arun between the A24 at Horsham and Wanford Mill, West Sussex. Deadline 18th Aug.
Item added on - 22nd July 2014

Vacancies: Scottish Environment Protection Agency - Restoration Specialist (2 positions) Water Environment Fund
Help improve and protect Scotland’s water environment.
Both Posts (OP455064): Full-time, Fixed Term until 20 October 2015. £31,703 per annum.
Flexible Location throughout Scotland.
Closing date: Sunday 27th July 2014

Item added on - 3rd July 2014

RRC training course A - Outputs now available
Outputs from our Natural Flood Management and River Restoration Project Management training course are now available online.
Item added on - 23rd June 2014

Eden Rivers Trust Vacancy - Programme Manager - River Eden Restoration Strategy
A very exciting opportunity has arisen to work on a river habitat restoration co-delivery programme with The Eden Rivers Trust and their partners, the Environment Agency and Natural England. Applications should reach the Eden Rivers Trust by 5pm on Friday 27th June. Interviews will be held shortly after. Click on the above link for further information.
Item added on - 23rd May 2014

International River Symposium news
The International River Symposium in Canberra, Australia will be held between the 15th and 18th September 2014. The event has an over-arching theme of Large River Basins.

The abstract submission deadline is today (16th May) but early bird bookings can be made up until the 30th June.

Item added on - 16th May 2014

Catchment-Based Approach website launched
The new Catchment-Based Approach (CaBA) website is now live. The website is designed to showcase the work of catchment partnerships aross England and Wales and to encourage the sharing and adoption of best practice in stakeholder-led catchment managment planning, delivery and evaluation.
Item added on - 15th May 2014

The River Wensum is the winner of the inaugural England River Prize
The England River Prize was presented to the winning team by International RiverFoundation (IRF) Ambassador Alastair Driver and the River Restoration Centre (RRC) Chairman Fiona Bowles.

The prize was awarded by a partnership of the RRC, WWF-UK, Environment Agency and the International River Foundation to celebrate successful approaches in river restoration delivering a wide range of benefits.

Item added on - 8th May 2014

Environment Agency publish responses to the Challenges and Choices consultation
A wide range of groups and organisations responded to this consultation, including water and energy companies, charities, non-governmental organisations, wildlife groups, industrial organisations and individuals. Through the consultation you told us that:
• you support the catchment based approach to river basin planning and delivery
• local delivery should be informed by an overarching strategy
• common issues could be tackled through working together across catchments
• it is essential that action planning is better joined up, for instance between flooding, environment, and agriculture, and for this to be supported by good evidence.

Item added on - 15th April 2014

Inaugural England River Prize finalists announced
The four finalists are:
Large catchment project, demonstrating a whole river approach to restoration - Wensum, Norfolk nominated by the Environment Agency.
Value for money project, demonstrating cost effective achievements - Bow Brook nominated by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.
Multi-partnership project, demonstrating wide ranging involvement in the planning and delivery of restoration - Haltwhistle Burn, Northumberland nominated by the Tyne Rivers Trust.
Multi-benefit project, demonstrating substantial contribution to catchment ecology, the economy and local communities - Wye, Herefordshire nominated by the Wye and Usk Foundation.

The overall winner of the England River Prize will be announced on the 7th May at the evening dinner of our 15th annual network conference.

Item added on - 11th April 2014

PhD opportunity on connections between physical habitat heterogeneity and aquatic biota
The University of Worcester is offering a PhD entitled The influence of fine sediment on habitat heterogeneity and aquatic biota in river ecosystems, supervised by Dr Tory Milner and Dr Ian Maddock. Closing date Thursday 3rd April 2014.
Item added on - 21st March 2014

2014 Riverprize Now Open!
International RiverFoundation is now accepting applications for the 2014 Riverprize awards. For the second year running, there will be three prize categories to choose from – the Australian Riverprize, the IRF European Riverprize or the Thiess International Riverprize. The Riverprize awards are intended to not only give reward to those who are achieving outstanding results, but to provide those organisations with the appropriate recognition and prestige to enable them to build new partnerships, expand and improve their programs so that they may continue to achieve success. Any organisation involved in river, wetland, lake, or estuary restoration or protection is encouraged to apply for a Riverprize. Applications will be judged by a panel of experts on criteria including the integration of programs, collaborative approaches and demonstrated achievements.
Item added on - 29th January 2014

REFORM newsletter No 4 - January 2014
This issue features REFORM deliverables available online, an interview with Professor Gary Brierley on Sharing Global Lessons in River Restoration and an example of channel restoration on the River Vääräjoki in Finland.
Item added on - 24th January 2014

PhD Research Project
The Environment Agency are advertising a fully funded PhD scholarship which looks at the hydrologic and geomorphic effects of river restoration and implications for Freshwater Pearl Mussel habitat for a river in the Lakes District. This is a collaboration between the University of Aberdeen (where the student would be based), the Environment Agency and United Utilities.
Application deadline - 10th January 2014

Item added on - 25th November 2013

New CEO and Chairman at the International RiverFoundation
After three years of hard work supporting river restoration and river management globally, Matthew Reddy, the International RiverFoundation CEO is stepping down. He will be replaced by Dr. Nick Schofield.
Item added on - 3rd October 2013

SEPA vacancy - Senior Specialist Scientist (Hydro-morphologist)
Fixed term full time position based in Edinburgh/Stirling. Closing date for applications is 6th October 2013. For more details click on the headline link
Item added on - 26th September 2013

2013 Riverprize Winners Announced!
International RiverFoundation is delighted to announce the three Riverprize winners for 2013. The Thiess International Riverprize and Australian Riverprize winners were announced at the Riverprize Gala Dinner on Tuesday 24 September, as part of the International Riversymposium in Brisbane, Australia. And our first IRF European Riverprize winner was announced on Thursday 12 September at the European River Restoration Conference in Vienna, Austria.
Item added on - 25th September 2013

Two case study guides published - to help you improve the water environment
Two on-line guides have been published that will help you improve the water environment.

The River Restoration Centre Manual of River Restoration Techniques is an on-line case study manual developed for river /drainage channel managers. It provides case study examples of different river restoration techniques and will help you identify potential restoration techniques for use in river restoration and sustainable river management

Healthy catchments – managing water for flood risk & the Water Framework Directive is an on-line case study guide, developed for flood risk managers. It provides examples of how to implement the environmental improvements (known as mitigation measures) set out in the Water Framework Directive (WFD). It shows that we can deliver exciting integrated solutions to improve the environment for communities and wildlife

Item added on - 20th September 2013

New Book - Exploring the Thames Wilderness
This guidebook, compiled by the two major Thames charities, contains a wealth of information on over 150 of the best places to explore the real Thames wilderness, along with enjoyable walks and activities along its course.
Item added on - 3rd May 2013

Environment minister views pioneering river restoration project in the Cairngorms National Park
In Scotland, the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse visited Carr-Bridge in the Cairngorms National Park on Monday 29th April to view ‘shovel ready’ projects including a pioneering river restoration project, instigated by the Spey Catchment Initiative, which will help to restore valuable riparian habitat and contribute to flood alleviation downstream. For more information, click on the headline link to open the SEPA press release.
Item added on - 29th April 2013

Environment Agency working with Natural Resources Wales
From 1 April 2013, Natural Resources Wales - a new body formed by the Welsh Government - has taken over the functions previously carried out by the Environment Agency in Wales, alongside those of the Forestry Commission Wales and the Countryside Council for Wales.
Item added on - 12th April 2013

Catchment Based Approach conference outputs
Speaker presentations from the CIWEM & DefraGovUK conference on the Catchment Based Approach are now available to download.
Item added on - 22nd February 2013

River restoration partners announce formation of new South East Rivers Trust
The Wandle Trust, The Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency are delighted to announce the formation of the new South East Rivers Trust to help engage communities with conservation and restoration of their local rivers across Kent and south east England. For more information click on the headline link to read the press release.
Item added on - 18th February 2013

New river restoration visualisation project
Sarah Taigel (PhD researcher at the University of East Anglia) is working with the Norfolk Rivers Trust in North Norfolk to trial different visualisation tools showing river restoration with catchment stakeholders. Data collection will take place between February and early May seeking to gain feedback on not just the tools used but also how stakeholders have responded to the proposed ideas about the future of the river and surroundings. Stakeholder responses to the project will feed into a catchment management plan. Contact Sarah on Twitter (@_HappyMapper) or see the Norfolk Rivers Trust Twitter feed (@N_Rivers_Trust) and @9ChalkRivers.
Item added on - 8th February 2013

Environment Agency to start work on 93 new flood defence schemes in 2013/14
With a total of £294m to be spent, the agency published a full list of the 681 flood defence schemes it will be working on in the coming financial year on 7 February. Part of the funding is earmarked for projects that have a specific focus on boosting economic growth. The list also includes projects receiving partnership funding contributions from local councils and businesses.
Item added on - 7th February 2013

Publication of Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Report for England
The Minister for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs, Richard Benyon MP, has approved for publication the Environment Agency’s first flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) report for England.
Item added on - 6th December 2012

Willamette River, USA - winner of the International Riverprize 2012
The winner of the International Riverprize is the Willamette River in Oregon, United States of America, a river that has had years of hard work from volunteers, industry and government alike, to bring it back to a much healthier, functioning system.
Item added on - 11th October 2012

TRAP project - Integrated management of river catchments
Territories of Rivers Action Plans (TRAP) is a three year project funded under the INTERREG IVC programme. It aims to develop policies and tools to ensure sustainable economic growth whilst ensuring good water quality, supporting the aims of the WFD.
Item added on - 31st July 2012

Daylighting website launched
Sheffield Catchment Science Centre have collected deculverting case studies from around the world, provided links to available sources/materials, and detailed environmental, social and economic objectives and results. People can add new sites and provide details to amend existing entries. This will improve the evidence, and also help RRC to update the national inventory of projects.
Item added on - 23rd July 2012

European Innovation Partnership for Water
The Innovation Partnership for Water aimed at businesses and entrepreneurs includes a 35m euro fund to encourage the development of innovative and novel ideas for water supply and treatment.
Item added on - 24th May 2012

RRC Rivers of the Future Video available for free
If you are interested in acquiring a copy of the RRC Rivers of the Future video, then let us know. Contact Ian Brown at the Centre (
Item added on - 27th April 2012

The Future of Rivers in Europe
A speech by Wetlands International CEO Jane Madgwick focused on some of the threats to river ecosystems and the growing importance of restoring rivers for a cleaner, safer and richer environment.
Item added on - 19th April 2012

The Better Thames Network website is now live
The Better Thames Network is a NERC funded project, administered by the University of Westminster, devised to support the Environment Agency and local stakeholders implement the Water Framework Directive targets for water quality in the Thames River Basin District. Its primary objective is to develop and support an interconnected community of scientists and stakeholders who can make a scientific contribution to, or have a role in, implementation of the Thames River Basin Management Plan. Please encourage your colleagues to join the network; the group will be publishing details of exciting networking opportunities over the coming months.
Item added on - 12th March 2012

Restoration project on the River Wye features on BBC Countryfile
Presenter Ellie Harrison visited a project on the River Wye where live willow has been planted to address bank erosion. Salix Technical Director David Holland talked on camera about the techniques suitability and application on the Wye.
Item added on - 23rd January 2012

Water White Paper – Water for Life
The Government has today published the Water White Paper - Water for life which describes a vision for future water management in which the water sector is resilient, in which water companies are more efficient and customer focused, and in which importantly water is valued.
Item added on - 8th December 2011

New additions to the RRC website
Please have a look at four new pages which have been added to the RRC website featuring content on the LIFE+ RESTORE project, Designated Rivers (resource), the National River Restoration Inventory (of projects) which we manage and PRAGMO - our new monitoring guidance.
Item added on - 21st November 2011

Flood and coastal erosion risk management update
A progress report for 2008-2011 for England shows that the Environment Agency by working with regional flood defence committees, local authorities, internal drainage boards and other partners, achieved and exceeded all of the government targets with the exception of one covering intertidal habitats. To read the document click on the link.
Item added on - 27th September 2011

Most-improved rivers revealed by Environment Agency
The Environment Agency has released a list of the 10 most improved rivers – the waterways that have shrugged off their industrial past to become havens for wildlife and people. The transformation of these rivers has been achieved thanks to thousands of habitat improvement projects, tighter regulation of polluting industries and work with farmers, businesses and water companies to reduce pollution and improve water quality.
Item added on - 30th August 2011

River restoration identified as key in investigation into flood risk in London
The London Assembly Environment Committee has today published a report of its investigation into flood risk in London. The report, For a Rainy Day, outlines the scale and nature of the flood risk facing London in the event of severe rainfall, and it calls on the Mayor to lead further action on communicating flood risk and reducing risk through sustainable drainage, river restoration and other actions.
Item added on - 22nd July 2011

Natural Environment White Paper published
The Natural Environment White Paper (NEWP) sets out the Government’s vision for the future of the natural environment throughout England, placing both the economic and intrinsic value of nature at its heart. The Government’s belief in the need to protect the environment for future generations, make the economy more environmentally sustainable, and improve quality of life and well-being was set out in the Coalition Agreement.
Item added on - 15th June 2011

The River Thames wins the International Riverprize
The River Thames was selected as the winner of the prestigious International Theiss River Prize, which celebrates outstanding achievement in river management and restoration. Since April 2005, 393 habitat enhancement projects have been completed and nearly 70 km of river has been restored or enhanced. Congratulations to everyone involved. For the London Rivers Action Plan go to
Item added on - 25th October 2010

Announcement: LRAP scoops prestigious RTPI planning award
The London Rivers Action Plan (LRAP) hosted by the RRC, has been awarded the Climate Change award winner at the recent Royal Town Planner Institute planning awards ceremony in London. The initiative was commended building on the success of existing Thames river basin management plans and green infrastructural initiatives. Special thanks go to the Project partners, Rob & Rhoda Burns of Drawing Attention and Roger Dawkins of Decent Group for their involvement.
Item added on - 17th February 2010

CRF Guide to planning monitoring
Guide to planning monitoring developed by RRC for the Catchment Restoration Fund
Item added on - 10th February 2010

An Introduction to Flood Benefits Appraisal - 26th November 2014
Location: Birmingham
This course introduces delegates with limited prior knowledge of flood damage assessment (for more experienced users please see the note at the end) to the latest edition (2013) of the Multi Coloured Handbook for Economic Appraisal. The course run by the Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University London has proved useful for delegates of Local Authorities, Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and engineering consultancies.
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The Rivers Trust Autumn Seminar and Annual Awards 2014 - 26th November to 27th November 2014
Location: Leziate Lakeview Park, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 1EN
Collaborative catchment management - building a resilient ecosystem. A two day event for individuals and organisations interested in practical catchment management

An Introduction to Flood Benefits Appraisal - 9th December 2014
Location: London
This course introduces delegates with limited prior knowledge of flood damage assessment (for more experienced users please see the note at the end) to the latest edition (2013) of the Multi Coloured Handbook for Economic Appraisal. The course run by the Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University London has proved useful for delegates of Local Authorities, Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and engineering consultancies.
For more information:

International symposium on erosion and sediment transport - 11th December to 14th December 2014
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Sediment Dynamics - From the Summit to the Sea. Currently accepting abstract submissions for the event (opened in July 2013).
For more information:

5th International Multidisciplinary Conference on HYDROLOGY and ECOLOGY: Advances in Monitoring, Predicting and Managing Hydroecological Processes - 13th April to 16th April 2015
Location: Vienna, Austria
The aim of this fifth HydroEco conference – after the four previous meetings, in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic in 2006, in Vienna in Austria in 2009 and 2011, and in Rennes in France in 2013 – is fourfold: i) to present new findings and approaches on interactions between hydrology and ecology, ii) to promote interdisciplinary interactions on water related issues between hydrology, hydrogeology, biogeochemistry, microbial ecology and ecology iii) to explore advances in monitoring, modelling and predicting dynamics of hydroecological processes, and iv) to discuss management approaches and applications to tackle environmental issues, including engineering measures for ecosystem preservation and restoration of ecologically valuable environments.
For more information:

AAG Annual General Meeting, Chicago - 21st April to 25th April 2015
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Join the Association of American Geographers at the AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 21 to April 25, 2015, for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The AAG Annual Meeting is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone with an interest in geography and related disciplines.
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River Restoration: Fluvial-Geomorphic and Ecological Tools - 15th June to 19th June 2015
Location: Provence, France
This shortcourse/workshop emphasizes understanding geomorphic process as a sound basis for planning and designing river restoration projects and programs, with specific applications and field visits to Mediterranean and mountain environments. The course is in English, but draws heavily on innovative process-based river restoration and management experiences in France and elsewhere in the EU, complemented by experiences in North America. Course materials include the reference texts Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology (John Wiley & Sons, 2nd edition 2015) and Stream Restoration: a comprehensive guide to planning, implementation and evaluation (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), access to over 40 relevant papers and manuals on a password-protected site, and printed lecture and field trip notes.
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International Conference on River and Stream Restoration: Novel Approaches to Assess and Rehabilitate Modified Rivers - 30th June to 2nd July 2015
Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands
Conference objectives The purpose of the Conference is to enlarge awareness of the need and appreciation for the benefits of river rehabilitation. It will serve as a platform to present and discuss aspirations, challenges, analytical frameworks and novel approaches to improve our understanding of the causes and consequences of hydromorphological degradation and to enhance river rehabilitation. Preliminary Topics at the Conference include: • Assessment and rehabilitation of hydromorphological processes in rivers • Discerning the impact of hydromorphological modification from other stressors • Achievements by restoration and mitigation practices • How to improve the (cost-)effectiveness of river rehabilitation? • Benefits of river rehabilitation and synergies with other uses (flood protection, navigation, agriculture, hydropower) • Linking science to practice: tools to assess river status and guide rehabilitation to optimize river basin management Call for Abstracts (oral and poster presentations), Registration, Fees and Hotel Information will be available in September 2014 and communicated through the 2nd announcement.
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