The use of audit surveys in river maintenance Academic Article uri icon


  • The use of river corridor surveys (RCS) prior to major river maintenance works is now widely accepted within the water industry as a means of integrating the requirements for nature conservation with river-management practices. This paper outlines the audit procedures introduced by the National Rivers Authority (NRA), Wessex Region. The introduction of follow-up or audit surveys in 1988 allowed an assessment of the effectiveness of RCS in protecting and enhancing habitats. The method and results of the audit are discussed, confirming the usefulness of audit in ensuring success in the most cost-effective manner. The audit also identified training needs and failures in implementing enhancement recommendations. Audit has led to a more consistent standard of environmentally-sensitive maintenance work. A revised method for audit surveys is detailed.

published proceedings

  • Journal of the Institution of Water and Environmental Management

author list (cited authors)

  • Exton, D. M., & Crompton, J. L.

complete list of authors

  • Exton, DM||Crompton, JL

publication date

  • December 1990