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What is EdenDTC?

The River Eden Demonstration Test Catchment (EdenDTC) is a Defra funded research project. The aim of the project is to assess if it is possible to cost effectively mitigate diffuse pollution from agriculture whilst maintaining agricultural productivity. EdenDTC is part of a wider research platform including similar projects in the Hampshire Avon and the River Wensum.

Where are we working?

The project is working in three focus catchments within the River Eden catchment, selected to represent a range of land uses, physical characteristics and weather. The focus areas are in the Thackthwaite, Newby and Pow catchments. Each catchment has an area of approximately 10km2.

What are we doing?

We are monitoring the stream water quality and biology and looking at how the catchment responds to storm events. This work includes measuring many properties of the water including the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and total amount of water leaving the catchment. We are working closely with farmers in the catchment to test a range of mitigation measures in real catchment situations.

Who are we?

The Eden DTC team is lead by Lancaster University and the consortium includes Durham and Newcastle Universities, the Eden Rivers Trust, CEH Lancaster and Newton Rigg College. The full team is listed here.

Can I get the datasets?

The datasets from this project are available to all via the Agricultural and Environmental Data Archive (AEDA).

How do I get in touch?

You can contact us using this web form or follow the project on twitter @edendtc