From the 17th – 21st June, we’re running a Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Awareness Week campaign from The Flood Hub Twitter account.
According to research, an estimated £1.1billion a year in flood damage is being prevented by the UK’s network of river barriers and defences.
The Environment Agency are looking for new members to join the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) that has responsibility for promoting an understanding of flood risk, irrespective of cause: coastal, fluvial or surface water.
Homes and businesses across Radcliffe and Redvales will soon be saved from the threat of flooding with construction on the flagship £40m Radcliffe and Redvales Flood Alleviation Scheme due to commence in the coming weeks.
A ground breaking analysis of lake sediment in Cumbria has shown that the floods of 2009 and 2015 in the north-west England were the worst for more than 550 years.
Grants will be made available over the next two years to plant trees in town and city spaces to make them greener and to utilise the multiple benefits that they can provide.
The first phase of Kendal’s multi-million pound flood defence scheme is set to go ahead after it was confirmed the plan will not be ‘called in’ by the Government.
The Environment Agency has been leading a conversation with people and organisations who are affected by or work to manage flooding and coastal change
The Environment Agency has warned that Britain’s flood planners must prepare for the worst on climate change. The EA predicts that climate change and population growth will double the number of properties built on the flood plain over the next five decades
Cumbria Strategic Flood Partnership are looking for a new Chairperson to strengthen and improve the partnership.
The planned flood scheme for Carlisle aims to provide one of the highest levels of flood protection in the country.
The Environment Agency has announced a set of new supplier arrangements and partnerships which will increase efficiency, value for money and the green legacy of its £2.6billion capital investment programme.
A new website offering extensive information on river and lake improvement projects happening across West Cumbria has been launched.
A major project to install new flood resilience and defence infrastructure in the Penrith Road area of Keswick is currently being developed.
The Environment Agency held a consultation from the 16th November 2018 until the 11th January 2019 on the proposals for new and amended standard rules for flood risk activities.
A new £10,000 digital flood warning and community information board has been installed on the edge of Mocha Parade in Lower Broughton.
BS 851188, parts 1+2 have now been issued for public comment and will be open for comments until 28 May 2019.
A £40 million flood defence scheme in Radcliffe and Redvales, designed to protect up to 870 properties from a repeat of the devastating flooding seen on Boxing Day 2015, has been given the green light by Bury Council’s Planning Control Committee.
Phase 1 of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme Linear Defences has been approved by planners.
The Environment Agency has published a new economic assessment to aid planning for flooding and coastal risk management for the next 50 years.
The Lake District has nearly fully recovered from the damage and destruction caused by Storm Desmond in 2015.
The Association of SuDS Authorities (ASA) is intending to promote the use of sustainable drainage in property developments.
Work on the £1million flood alleviation project in Earby has now resumed, the project aims to reduce the risk of flooding to 91 homes and 17 businesses.
A Flood Risk Management Scheme in Kendal which is designed to better protect residential and business properties from flooding, improve the local environment and improve community amenities has been proposed by the Environment Agency.
James Walker & Co is a large, established Cumbrian manufacturing firm is benefitting from a £2.6m investment from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to protect its premises from flooding.
Ribble Rivers Trust and the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside put out an appeal last December for members of the public to donate their old Christmas trees.
Lancaster City Council have contributed £850,000 for flood defences on the River Lune designed to protect one of Lancasters most important commercial areas, which will help to safeguard more than 2000 jobs and contribute £37.3million to the local economy.
According to researchers, a restoration scheme that is underway on the hills of the Peak District has the potential to alleviate the level of flood risk to towns and villages below.
Sue Hayman has spoken to insurance bosses about homes and businesses at risk of flooding. She has warned that West Cumbrian communities will become “ghost towns” if nothing is done to make insurance affordable and available to all properties and small businesses.
In the last few years, DEFRA have seen a significant improvement in the water environment and in resilience to flood and drought and have opened a consultation regarding the improvement of management of water in the environment.
Is there a neglected space in your community that you’d love to transform into a green oasis for people and the planet? Do you have a community garden idea that could bridge the generation gap?
SuDS were first introduced to the English planning system in 2010. National planning policy in England encourages SuDS on all major developments, unless there is clear evidence that they would be inappropriate. However, as of the 7th January 2019, SuDS were made mandatory on all new developments over 100m2 in Wales.
2019 is the Year of the Environment for Liverpool City Region, which will aim to get more people involved in projects to improve the natural world and leave a better environment for the next generation.
In December 2015, record levels of rainfall fell over Cumbria caused by Storm Desmond, which had huge impacts. Farmer’s livestock drowned and kilometres of fencing were destroyed as the rivers overtopped.
Work on a natural flood management scheme is underway on Smithills Estate near Bolton.
Ribble Rivers Trust are an environmental charity that work to improve the brooks, streams and rivers of the Ribble catchment for the people and wildlife who live there.
The North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee are holding a consultation on their draft Business Plan for the period from 2019 to 2022.
The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside has put out an appeal for members of the public to bring their old Christmas trees to their ‘Annual Christmas Tree Planting’ event.
There is a UK Government and Parliament petition regarding the sale of wet wipes that are referred to as "flushable" on the packet, which if successful could help to prevent sewer flooding.
The Environment Agency are holding a consultation on the proposals for new and amended standard rules for flood risk activities, as part of a review of their charges for regulatory works.
The Environment Agency are gearing up to launch their Flood Action Campaign to make sure people know what to do in a flood, sign up to flood warnings, and keep themselves and their families safe.
The NCAS-X-band weather radar in Cumbria has been successfully put in place by The National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Environment Agency. The radar will provide new observations to improve the Environment Agency’s flood forecasting and warning services.
A new 'Natural Flood Management handbook: a practical guide for farmers' has been produced, funded by West Cumbria Rivers Trust, Newground, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Environment Agency.
As part of the Chancellors Budget, Phillip Hammond has announced a £60 million pledge to plant more trees in order to preserve the country's environment.
The new wave reflection wall that will reduce the flood risk to 11,400 homes over the next 100 years has been opened by the Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey.
A community clean-up event in Kendal took place on the 14th October which was organised by the Castle Street Community Flood Action Group to protect homes against future flooding, coincided with a weekend of flood warnings and alerts.
The Environment Agency has agreed to part-fund a new £3million flood defence wall that will change the face of West Kirby promenade forever.
The Environment Agency and other organisations are holding a community drop-in event to share information on the Hambleton Tidal Flood Risk Management Scheme.
The Environment Agency and Bury Council are holding a community drop-in event to share information about the flood scheme for some areas of Radcliffe and Redvales.
City of Trees are bringing together a range of expert speakers to answer questions about the integration of SuDS in our cities.
The world's biggest flood prevention exhibition and conference.
The world's biggest flood prevention exhibition and conference.
Join Mersey Rivers Trust to carry out restoration of a riverbank where it has eroded.
Join Mersey Rivers Trust in this tree planting event to help restore areas of eroded riverbank.