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January 7, 2009 — New results from 40 years of
intensive scientific research show that Loch Leven, Scotland’s
freshwater ‘jewel in the crown’, is on the road to recovery after
decades of water quality problems. The best water quality since
restoration measures began was recorded during 2008.
The conclusions will be presented at a symposium in Kinross,
Scotland on 11 December 2008 by scientists from the Centre for Ecology
& Hydrology who have carried out a detailed water quality
monitoring programme at Loch Leven since 1968.
Ecology and water chemistry monitoring has been undertaken at Loch
Leven every other week since 1968 along with studies of aquatic plants,
fish and birds. The latest results show that algal blooms are now less
frequent, underwater plants are thriving again in the clearer water,
and there has been a marked improvement in the fishery.
Dr Linda May, from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, who has
led the monitoring programme for the last fifteen years, said, “The
lessons learnt from long term research at Loch Leven are helping
managers improve water quality in shallow lakes across the world. The
monitoring programme has given us a better understanding of the links
between pollution, climate change and ecological response which has
ultimately led to the successful restoration of Loch Leven, the largest
shallow loch in lowland Scotland.”
The changes at Loch Leven have resulted from reductions in nutrient
inputs from farming, industry and sewage. These came about as a result
of water quality targets set in the 1990s, based on scientific evidence
provided by the long term monitoring programme.
Over 100 people will attend the Kinross symposium from including
representatives of the Scottish Government, Scottish Environment
Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Royal Society for the
Protection of Birds, as well as many other organisations involved in
the conservation and management of lakes within the UK.
Dr May added, “The Loch Leven work is remarkable, not just for its
long term nature and its focus on integrating science, policy and
management, but also because of the wide range of organisations and
individuals that have been instrumental in maintaining the monitoring
programme and implementing the restoration programme.”
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