Expert advice to enable greater understanding of your hydroecology 

Ricardo provides an internationally recognised level of expertise in hydroecology and water management, including the provision of advice for the European Commission, government, regulators, utilities and private sector.

We deliver a range of hydroecological services, from strategic thinking at the catchment and coastal cell scale, through to detailed site-specific analysis using our specialist hydrologists, geomorphologists, water quality specialists, terrestrial and aquatic ecologists, environmental economists and GIS specialists.

These water-related services are enhanced by excellent project management and we are well known for our ability to plan and supervise complex and/or sensitive water management projects. We focus on identifying pragmatic, cost-effective solutions for clients, developed from a strong scientific evidence base including the application of leading edge academic study to real-world solutions.

Ricardo has unparalleled experience in Water Framework Directive (WFD) application and have supported and reviewed all the WFD pilots for Defra. Our team consists of recognised experts in the water sector and we are at the forefront of Government and water industry R&D into:

Our experience

  • WFD assessment and hydroecology for United Utilities' Ben Gill site
  • Supported UK water companies with environmental and social appraisal of water resource management and drought Plans. This included delivering strategic environmental assessment, habitats regulations assessment, WFD assessment, environmental and social costs and expert witness support.
  • Abstraction investigations for Welsh Water for Wye and Usk, including hydrological and ecological monitoring, flow and water quality modelling and stakeholder engagement.

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