Annual Conference 2018
CWA Annual Conference 2018: "How to Make Better Constructed Wetlands"
University of Portsmouth, 12-13th September 2018
The 14th Annual Conference ‘How to make better constructed wetlands’ took place on the 12th & 13th September at Portsmouth University, recognised for its long history of wetland research.
On day one, workshops were held in the morning and site visits in the afternoon. Geoff Sweaney, Chair of the CWA led two training sessions; ‘Introduction to constructed wetlands’ and 'Application of constructed wetlands' and Gabriela Dotro of Cranfield University led 'Design, operation and maintenance impacts on treatment wetlands'. The first afternoon visit was a tour of the sustainable urban drainage scheme and river restoration project at Berewood Development by Paul Steward of Buckland Development and the second, a visit to Portsmouth University's Environmental Technology research facility at Southern Water's Petersfield Wastewater Treatment Works, led by John Williams of the University of Portsmouth.
Further information on the site visits can be found here.
After the visits, conference delegates enjoyed a glass wine at the CWA annual general meeting before heading to the Still and West pub and restaurant in old Portsmouth for dinner.
Day two examined the latest developments in constructed wetlands through presentations sharing the knowledge of leading academics and practitioners in the field of constructed wetlands with the key themes:
- Building partnerships to deliver multiple wetland benefits
- Using natural ecosystems to reduce pollution in river catchments
- New approaches to wetland design
The programme of conference presentations can be found here.