It is proposed that Loch Fitty will be drained and temporarily removed for a period of approximately 7.5 years, while the underlying coal is removed. Comprehensive planning and development documents have been prepared by the Scottish Coal Company Limited (SCCL) and its development team in relation to this proposal. A clear statement of intent in relation to recovery periods and end point water quality targets is now required. This report summarises the Water Framework Directive (WFD) targets to be met for the re-instated Loch Fitty to attain Good Ecological Status and makes recommendations on a recolonisation strategy designed to achieve this. Additional mitigation/monitoring measures that may be required to attain and sustain good status, and a likely timescale for recovery, are also discussed
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