Species dispersal via bulk water transfer schemes
Bulk water transfers are rapidly becoming one of the most applied drought mitigation strategies in freshwater systems. However, water transfer between catchments may introduce unwanted invasive species. The aim of this project is to assess the risk of invasive species transfer via bulk water transfer pipes, from a reservoir invaded by signal crayfish.
PhD student Ava Waine leads this research based in the North East of England, UK, in collaboration with Northumbria Water. Ava has won two additional grants on the project to fund an eDNA method evaluation of transfer risk between various water transfer pipes in collaboration with the Environment Agency.