Scotland lies in the north of Britain and is part of the United Kingdom. It is somewhat mountainous and characterized by recent glaciation with many lakes (lochs) and indented bays (firths). There are many offshore islands, especially in the west, "the Isles", with several archipelagos in the north, the Shetland and Orkney Islands. Environmental regulation is carried on by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
There was an instance of conflict in water use in the news in 2008 when SEPA refused a permit to Npower Renewables' 3.4 megawatt hydro-electric scheme for the River Braan, a popular river for canoeing. The decision was appealed and the appeal will be heard in January, 2009.
- ↑ "Public hearing into hydro scheme:A public hearing is to be held into proposals to create a hydro-electric scheme on a Perthshire river." News article on BBC News, December 16, 2008
- "Hydro power scheme back on agenda:Controversial plans for a hydro electric scheme in Perthshire are to go back before the local council, after the proposals were delayed." News article on BBC Online September 20, 2006