The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has urged farmers and land managers to discuss any plans to undertake river engineering works in Scotland with SEPA’s local representatives before commencing work.
On 11 January 2019, SEPA served a fixed monetary penalty to the firm of Nisbet Mill after the Jedburgh-based operator breached regulations on sediment removal, while on 10 January 2019, Townfield Construction Limited were fined after engineering work took place in the Avon Water without the necessary authorisation in place.
Engineering works can damage habitat in rivers, lochs and wetlands and affect populations of invertebrates, plants, birds and mammals. Engineering works can also block the passage of migrating fish and damage spawning habitats during sensitive times. Some affected fish, such as salmon, are an important economic resource in many areas of Scotland. Engineering can also result in erosion of valuable adjacent land resources.
More information and advice is available from the SEPA website, including a range of guides on water and engineering. Advice for farmers can be found at Farming & Water Scotland’s website, while advice for land managers can be found at NetRegs.
Source: SEPA, 15 March 2019