Groundwater Modelling Workshop Source Protection Zones; the present and the future? 9th July 2007, 10am – 4pm, Priory Rooms, central Birmingham The UK Groundwater Modellers’ Forum Committee is holding a fifth workshop on the subject of Source Protection Zone (SPZ) definition on the 9th July, 2007. Background The Environment Agency is currently reviewing its procedures for the definition of SPZs. The workshop will provide an opportunity for the groundwater modelling community in England and Wales to influence the Environment Agency on SPZ definition. The objectives of the workshop are to: Explore what modelling methodologies are fit for purpose; Consider the uncertainty of SPZ definition; Consider options for translating modelled lines into the final SPZ; Make recommendations on best practice and future R&D. Programme Invited Presentations Historical development of SPZs in England and Wales Steve Fletcher, EA Science Group Steve will review and comment on the 1990s programme of SPZ development, the methodologies used and the role of SPZs in groundwater protection. MORNING Quantifying effects of uncertainty on SPZ delineation. Adrian Butler, Imperial College London Adrian will describe how protection zones can be defined, the inherent uncertainties in delineation and ways of assessing confidence limits. This will include a German case study from the W-SAHaRA project. Practical land use management for protecting groundwater quality. Paul Stanfield, Wessex Water Paul will give a water company’s perspective on SPZs, how they protect their assets and how Wessex is using catchment management to protect and improve water quality. The present day context and current developments of SPZs. Martin Shepley, EA, Midlands Region The EA’s current review and latest thinking on SPZs and updating delineation methodologies will be described by Martin, together with the technical challenges to SPZ delineation from the new GP3. Soapbox session – Open for comments, suggestions and discussion from all. AFTERNOON LUNCH D:\106737232.doc Buffet lunch provided Breakout group discussions, with topics of: 1. What Modelling Methodologies are Fit for Purpose? 2. Uncertainty of SPZ Definition. 3. UK Aquifers - Do Different Aquifers Require Different Techniques? Two groups on each of the three topics will run in parallel. Feedback from Breakout Groups, discussion, collation of ideas and suggestions Close Groundwater Modelling Workshop We strongly encourage attendees to share experiences (both good and bad) and knowledge of the topics. The soapbox session before lunch and the breakout groups after lunch provide the opportunity for this. The breakout groups (two on each of the three topics run in parallel) will each including experts and senior groundwater modelling practitioners. Within the breakout groups we will also consider “Where do we want/need to go next to improve our capability in this topic”? The final plenary session provides feedback of findings from the break-out sessions, and for further discussion (and agreement) on the proposals for action. Participants & Booking The workshop is open to all who are actively involved in groundwater modelling. We anticipate that BGS, CEH, water companies, consultants, universities and the Environment Agency would be amongst those taking part. Places are limited to 60 participants in total which will be allocated on a first come-first served basis. Should the meeting become over-subscribed a limit of 3 people per organisation and 2 people per Agency Region will be applied. Unfortunately there will be no ‘entry on the day’ and only pre-booked attendance can be accepted. Cost £70 per head incl. buffet lunch. A small number of places for PhD students are available at a cost of £10 (first come, first served). To book a place send a cheque and the attached booking form to Jeanne Thompson before 18th June 2007. Entry will be by advance payment only. If there are insufficient numbers booked by 18th June 2007, the workshop will be cancelled and cheques returned. If you book and your organisation has already made three bookings, your name will be put on a reserve list and you will be offered a place if available in the 2 weeks preceding the event. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- D:\106737232.doc Groundwater Modelling Workshop BOOKING FORM Source Protection Zones; the present and the future? 9th July 2007, 10am – 4pm, Priory Rooms, central Birmingham To book a place send a cheque for £70 (PhD students £10) made payable to “The Environment Agency” and the attached booking form to Jeanne Thompson, to arrive by 18th June 2007. Unfortunately there will be no ‘entry on the day’ and only pre-booked attendance can be accepted. Contact: Jeanne Thompson Environment Agency Science Group, Olton Court, 10 Warwick Road, Olton, Solihull B92 7HX; Tel: 0121 708 4714; Fax: 0121 708 4637. firstname.lastname@example.org Name Organisation email address Please book us places on the workshop Cheque for £70 x number of participants enclosed (up to 3 per organisation) Please also indicate your preference for which break-out group you would like to participate in: mark your first (1) and second (2) preference. If some groups are too ‘over-subscribed’, it is possible you may have to participate in another group. Name D:\106737232.doc What Modelling Methodologies are Fit for Purpose? Uncertainty of SPZ Definition UK Aquifers - Do Different Aquifers Require Different Techniques?