'Water sensitive' driving

Other sector(s): 
Hydro Morphology
The complete description of the NWRM: 

Off road driving has potentially severe negative consequences for water quality. Some of these damages can be minimized or mitigated if drivers of vehicles exercise a few simple precautions. Avoiding driving in wet areas whenever possible will limit soil compaction and rutting. Rutting can concentrate flow paths and lead to increased erosion. In colder regions of Europe, driving on frozen soils will also reduce the potential for compaction and damage. Driving parallel to contour lines of hill slopes will reduce the potential for rut formation and concentration of flow paths but may not always be feasible, especially in areas of high relief. Use of slash cover or specially designed logging mats in off road driving during forest logging operations may help to reduce soil compaction and rutting. Reduction of truck tire pressure on unpaved forest roads may also be considered as one aspect of this NWRM.


Water sensitive driving would avoid areas such as the one illustrated

Source: Gebhard Schueler’s presentation, NWRM Workshop 1


Water sensitive driving with low pressure tyres and additionnal rolling pathways

Source: https://www.sydved.se/skogsbruk/miljo-och-naturvard/mark-och-vatten/sa-m...

Possible benefits with level: 
Benefitssort descending Level
BP2 - Slow runoff Low
BP6 - Increase infiltration and/or groundwater recharge Low
BP7 - Increase soil water retention Low
BP8 - Reduce pollutant sources High
BP9 - Intercept pollution pathways Medium
BP10 - Reduce erosion and/or sediment delivery High
BP11 - Improve soils Low
BP17 - Absorb and/or retain CO2 Low
ES2 - Fish stocks and recruiting High
ES4 - Biodiversity preservation High
ES7 - Flood risk reduction Low
ES8 - Erosion/sediment control High
ES9 - Filtration of pollutants Medium
ES11 - Aesthetic/cultural value Medium
PO1 - Improving status of biology quality elements Medium
PO2 - Improving status of physico-chemical quality elements Medium
PO4 - Improving chemical status and priority substances Medium
PO7 - Prevent surface water status deterioration High
PO8 - Prevent groundwater status deterioration Medium
PO9 - Take adequate and co-ordinated measures to reduce flood risks Low
PO10 - Protection of important habitats Low
PO11 - Better protection for ecosystems and more use of Green Infrastructure Low
PO12 - More sustainable agriculture and forestry High
PO13 - Better management of fish stocks Medium
PO14 - Prevention of biodiversity loss Low
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Last updated: 10 Jun 2015 | Top