The Eddleston Water is a small tributary of the River Tweed. Over time the course of the river has been extensively altered and long sections were straightened to improve agricultural production. Changes in land management have also altered how the land drains. Together these changes have led to an increased risk of flooding in Eddleston and Peebles and damaged the river itself, leading to reduced water course length and habitat loss.
Following a detailed survey a restoration strategy has been developed which will reduce flood risk to Eddleston and Peebles and restore natural habitats. The Tweed Forum and the University of Dundee, who are delivering the project on behalf of SEPA, are talking with local landowners and farmers to obtain their views and to explore the potential for introducing restoration measures, including natural flood management, on their land.