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This page will give you an overview of how to prevent pollution entering streams, rivers and lakes and how to respond if it does happen. It also aims to highlight resources so that you can be better informed.

Looking after water to protect bio-diversity and to provide clean drinking water is becoming increasingly important. By preparing, planning and understanding guidance and information available you are much more likely to meet a happy combination of protection, to be able to continue working in poor weather and to avoid prosecution.

This work has been financed by the Forestry Commission with generous help and assistance from United Utilities. Given the scale of fellings as a result of P ramorum infections of larch in Wales, Scotland, South West England and the Western Lake District we felt there was a need to raise and re-visit water quality on harvesting sites to reduce the chance of damage.

Its worth firmly keeping in mind that the underlying back stop position for forestry work which can affect water quality is set out in the UK Forestry Standard, this should be the first point of reference. A copy of this can be accessed by clicking here.

If it does go wrong there are companies who can help you 24/7, more information on them can be found out here www.ukspill.org.

Site Planning for Water Quality

The importance of planning and preparing to avoid pollution either from fuels and oils or increased sediment loads is vital. The short You Tube clip below describes what factors to keep in mind.

Sediment Prevention

Tools and techniques to avoid sediment entering water courses and bodies are described in this section. It looks at utilising brash mats, how to bridge streams and discusses cut off drains on extraction routes along with the use of silt fencing to catch run off which is laden with sediment. Silt fencing could play a much more significant role on forestry sites. A website describing the use of silt fencing can be found by clicking here.

Spill Prevention

This section looks at how and where to store fuels and oils on site to minimise the chances of a spill and then how to reduce the consequences if it does happen.

Spill Response

Here we describe what to do in the event of spill to reduce its impact.

A range of products and techniques can be deployed to stop leaks, capture, absorb and restrict the spread of pollution. Several companies supply a range of materials, including Darcy Spillcare, which supplied some of the materials used in the making of these films.

Supporting Information

Contractor Training Presentation

A downloadable PDF presentation used to support contractor training in Cumbria is attached to the bottom of this page.

Many thanks must go to UPM Tilhill for them sharing the two Toolbox talks which are detailed below.

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