5:00pm - 6:30pm




Free to attend

Hosted by the CIWEM Welsh branch

Event description

For over two decades, collaborative work by the Canal and River Trust, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW), and Natural Resources Wales has sought to balance the complex and sometimes competing water needs of the River Usk catchment.

This joint presentation, by Adam Comerford (National Hydrology Manager for the Trust) and Tom Elmitt (South West Area Water Resources Manager for DCWW) will describe the challenges faced to ensure reliable water resources for both public water supply in South Wales and navigational needs for the Monmouth & Brecon Canal, whilst protecting and improving the internationally designated River Usk Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

It will explain the environmental drivers and requirements of the SAC, describe the complex and innovative hydrological modelling undertaken to optimise the deployment of Usk reservoir for multiple uses, and detail the next steps in the joint working towards the shared, long-term water resources outcomes for the Usk catchment.

CIWEM members and non-members are welcome to join the CIWEM Welsh branch for this technical talk.

Part of the CIWEM Catchment Management series.

Register for 15 May 2024

About the speakers

Adam Comerford

Adam Comerford is National Hydrology Manager at the Canal and River Trust. After completing his PhD in fluvial geomorphology and a period in water consultancy, Adam Comerford joined British Waterways, the predecessor body to the Canal & River Trust, in 2001. Since then, for well over two decades, he has helped shape the water management of the UK inland waterway network, as the National Hydrology Manager for the Trust. His remit covers the whole hydrological regime from droughts through to flood risk management across the 2,000 miles of canals and navigable rivers the Trust cares for as a charity. Adam is a member of the CIWEM Water Resources Panel and sits on the British Hydrological Society (BHS) National Committee.

Tom Elmitt

Tom Elmitt moved to Wales for university in 2005 and never looked back. Since graduating from Cardiff with a degree in maths and physics and from UWE with a foundation degree in river and coastal engineering, Tom has spent the majority of his professional career in Welsh Water’s Water Resources team, most recently as South West Area Water Resources Manager. In that role, he’s been involved in an array of interesting and challenging projects ranging from building water resources models and hydrological models to optimising pump schedules and planning for drought.

Booking and joining information

This event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM.

This webinar will be hosted on the Zoom platform and will be recorded. Please note that registrations will close 24 hours before the event starts. If you have not registered before that time, unfortunately we cannot add you to the event. You will receive an email with joining instructions after you have successfully registered for the webinar and the registration has been approved by our team. If you have any questions about your booking or would like to cancel your attendance, please contact barbara.woods@ciwem.org.

Please make sure you add this event to your calendar, all you need to do is copy the body text of the joining instruction email, go to your Calendar, create a new calendar appointment, set the start and end date and time, paste the text and click the "Save & Close" button.

If you have any queries about this talk, please contact Tracey Dunford at Tracey.Dunford@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk.

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