Award winning initiatives
KWS Defence recognised in Environmental Awards
The MoD Sanctuary and Energy Awards Ceremony is a prestigious event to recognise efforts that benefit wildlife, heritage, public access, environmental improvements or community awareness of conservation on land and property that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) owns or uses in the UK and overseas. At the ceremony at MoD headquarters in Whitehall on 16 October, attended by the Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, Minster for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans and members of Defence Infrastructure Organisation Management Board; members of the two projects initiated by KWS Defence: at Loe Pool in Cornwall and Llyn Penrhyn in Anglesea, were thrilled to be awarded winners in the "Environmental Project" category.
The aim of these two projects has been to find the real impact of sewage discharges on the aquatic environment at both Loe Pool and Llyn Penrhyn. KWS Defence has been working with a number of organisations and the MoD to find information which can be used to manage the sewage treatment works in the most environmentally friendly way, and to ensure that all of the partners involved are happy with the outcome.
Loe Pool is Cornwall's largest natural freshwater body and has six tributaries, one of which receives flow from RNAS Culdrose STW. The Loe Pool Forum deals with many different conservation matters concerning the lake, one of which is the increased phosphorous levels. A technical working group was set up comprising KWS Defence, the Environment Agency, the Navy, the National Trust, and the local council. A year-long program of water quality and flow sampling from the six tributaries was successful in gathering data which showed the levels of nutrients flowing into the lake, and the relative importance of each source. The data has been used in 2012 by the EA to model various options for the phosphorous consent at the sewage treatment works.
Llyn Penrhyn is a small lake in Anglesey next to RAF Valley. In 2010 the Llyn Penrhyn Conservation Group proposed that all stakeholders work together on a year-long data gathering exercise to get impartial information which could be used to decide on proper management of the lake's inputs. Members of the group are KWSD, the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB), the MoD, the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and the Environment Agency Wales. Bangor University has also become involved, in the form of SEACAMS (a marine research group with EU funding which includes Universities at Swansea and Aberystwyth).
The partnering approach taken at Loe Pool and Llyn Penrhyn demonstrates what can be achieved when different organisations work together in pursuit of a positive environmental outcome. We are thrilled that the working groups are receiving this award as it reinforces the strengths of collaboration.