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This event is organised by CIWEM Welsh Branch and supported by ICE Wales Cymru.
The presentation will provide a summary of DCWW's recent Coastal Investigations programme. The £8M two year project was commissioned in consultation with Natural Resources Wales to investigate the factors affecting microbial water quality at 49 sensitive sites around the Welsh coast (29 bathing waters and 20 shellfish waters).
The project is the largest such study ever undertaken by DCWW and comprised four key elements: marine surveys to provide validation data for coastal models, development of a suite of bespoke coastal models covering the entire Welsh coastline, sewer network modelling of 95 catchments (500 km of sewer) and loading surveys to determine bacteria loads from 250 rivers and streams and 72 DCWW discharges.
The presentation will briefly over each of these elements and explain how they were then brought together to quantify the contribution of each bacteria source to water quality at the study sites. The results will be used to help DCWW and NRW understand the specific issues at each location and how these could be addressed to improve water quality and account for effects of factors such as population growth and climate change.
The conclusions of the study will provide a sound scientific base to inform DCWW's investment programme from 2020 ensure we protect the environment, improve public health outcomes and maintain affordable customer bills.
Members and non members welcome. Cost is free and some refreshments will be provided on first come first served basis. For more information contact Tracey Dunford at email@example.com.
Nick is an oceanographer based in Cardiff. He graduated from Swansea University in 1988 with a degree in Geology and Oceanography before taking up a research post in the School of Ocean Science at Southampton University.
He returned to Wales in 1991 working as a hydrographic surveyor before moving into coastal hydrodynamic and water quality modelling and consultancy. Nick has worked on a wide range of river, estuarine and coastal studies covering water quality, sediment transport, ports and harbours and marine renewables in the UK (particularly Wales and Scotland), the middle east and the far east. He took up his current position as Coastal Waters Manager at DCWW in 2015.