Traditionally, water resource assessments for groundwater abstraction have focused on the impacts at a relatively large or catchment scale. However, ecological concerns are often very local and site specific. Assessments therefore need to combine the broad, catchment scale, approach with a more detailed local understanding. ESI’s combination of strong technical skills with a detailed experience of local scale processes is essential to resolving these issues.
Over the last decade ESI has been working with a range of clients, particularly in the water industry, to develop more targeted and efficient ways of defining the impact of groundwater abstraction on surface water ecology (hydro-ecology). ESI has a strong track record of working alongside other specialists (e.g. in aquatic ecology and hydrology) as part of a team to deliver clear answers to these problems.