Technical Resources

New Practical Restoration Handbook (2020) - We are currently working on modernising and updating our Practical Restoration Handbook. The handbook will be released in three parts:


The first part will be available for download at the beginning of June. Complete our online form to receive a copy of Book 1 once it is ready for download.

Planning Guide - A key element in all restoration projects is liaising with the relevant planning authorities, both to protect the line of the waterway and to apply for planning permission for restoration works. As this has been an area of significant regulatory changes in recent years Edward Gittens, one of IWA's honorary planning consultants, has written a Planning Guide with an overview of the Localism Act in November 2011 and the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework in March 2012.

IWA Technical Restoration Handbook (2000) - Each chapter has been written by an expert or specialist in the relevant field. Includes information about funding waterway restoration, management, benefits, legal aspects, waterside properties, restoration methods, leisure facilities, transport crossings, Town & Country Planning, wildlife conservation  Museum, Visitor and Heritage Centres and water management. Find out more

WRG Practical Restoration Handbook - Put together by IWA's Waterway Recovery Group and includes information on health and safety, site management, leadership skills, plant, excavators, vehicles & trailers, hand tools, vegetation clearance, towing paths, bank protection, demolition, scaffolding, brickwork, concreting and dewatering. Find out more

Funding Toolkit - Together with Canal & River Trust, we have produced a funding toolkit to help you when applying for funding. You will find sections on governance, types of funding, writing applications and how to move forward once the decision has been made. Download your funding toolkit.

Slipway Design - Need to plan a slipway into your restoration scheme? IWA has put together some technical slipway design documents. Find out more

Winding Hole Specification - notes suggesting basic minimum requirements when considering future provision for winding holes. Find out more

Dredging Guidance Notes (PDF) - Dredging is not just limited to active waterways but is equally important for waterways undergoing restoration. This guidance note is aimed at restoration groups who are looking to undertake dredging operations on their stretch for the first time. Find out more

Environment Bill Update: Local Nature Recovery Network (Word) - The Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced late last week that it had chosen the locations for pilots of its ‘Local Nature Recovery Strategies’. scheme, announced through the Environment Bill, which will drive the ‘National Nature Recovery Network’. Find out how Canal Restorations may be affected.

Expert Advice

IWA also has the services of a range of experts, including honorary consultant engineers, who can assist with detailed technical matters.

If you would like to be put in touch with one of the advisory engineers please contact Jenny Black at Head Office in the first instance.