Hydromorphology – the Study of the Hydromorphological Characteristics of Surface Water and the Changes in the Hydromorphological Processes and Characteristics Resulting from Various Disturbances of the Aquatic Environment

With the increasing demand for water for irrigation, power generation, breeding of aquatic organisms and activities affecting water and waterside land due to settlement, development of transport infrastructure and agricultural land use, man has caused numerous changes to the natural hydromorphological characteristics. Many barriers and dams were built, interrupting the characteristic longitudinal flow continuity, more often than not making the corridors narrower and depriving the rivers of their natural channel patterns. Variegated riverbeds have in many cases been replaced with rectangular and trapezoidal shapes, while their banks and beds have been reinforced using rigid materials.

Organisation of Eight Regional Consultations on the Draft 2015–2021 Water Management Plan

The Institute for Water planned, organised and carried out eight regional consultations on the draft 2015–2021 Water Management Plan for the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. The eight consultations discussed the river basins of the Sava (lower, middle and upper), Drava, Mura and Savinja and the catchment areas of the Soča and the Adriatic rivers including the sea. Over 440 people actively participated in moderated consultations that took place in Novo mesto, Maribor, Murska Sobota, Koper, Idrija, Ljubljana, Kranj and Celje.