Working Group on Lake Restoration

Working Group on Lake Restoration

The SIL Working Group on Lake Restoration was launched after the 33rd SIL Congress “Science for sustainable freshwater use” in Torino, Italy. All attendees at the special session on “Restoration  of lakes and reservoirs through geo-engineering techniques: potentials and limitations” stressed the importance of launching a SIL working group to further facilitate co-operation,  exchange of ideas and information, and to encourage an integrated approach to the science of lake restoration in a changing world.

Recognizing that each water body has unique features requires a specific suite of water quality management measures to ensure effective management. Mitigation should then start with a comprehensive ecosystem scale diagnosis - a system analysis - to determine the water- and nutrient balance of the water body, the drivers of movement of nutrients, and the biological make-up of the system and its function(s) and thus is an imperative prerequisite to the selection of the most appropriate measure(s). Consequently, activities of the working group will not be limited to in-lake measures, and include catchment management as well.

We encourage all that would like to contribute or to be updated about the working group activities to send an email to the co-chairs Miquel Lurling (miquel.lurling@wur.nl) and Bryan Spears (spear@ceh.ac.uk).

For more lake restoration information, please visit the facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/LakeRestoration/