Changes in drainage, bank profiles and the vegetation on river banks can all easily affect water quality for miles downstream. If care is not taken during development there is the potential for soils, sediment or pollutants and chemicals used in construction to enter water courses.
Natural Resources Wales plays a key role in advising on planning applications near water. You can find out more about their role in planning from the NRW website.
Use the navigation bar on the left to see more details on various wetland (aquatic) habitats.