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(NRP-141) The riparian zone

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The riparian zone
Kevin Hiscock (UEA)

The riparian zone of the River Wensum in north Norfolk is classed as a Special Area of Conservation under the EU Habitats Directive, yet due to catchment land-use pressures the river fails to reach good ecological status under the EU Water Framework Directive. Research at UEA on the Norwich Research Park is exploring options with land owners, farmers and other interested groups for reducing agricultural runoff, treated sewage water inputs and road runoff that add excess nutrients and sediment to the river.

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