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Please help to keep loos flushing, prevent blockages and flooding

Posted: 01/04/20

United Utilities message to anyone who may be experiencing flooding at this difficult time and raising awareness of what should be flushed down your loo.

The Rainfall Rescue Project needs your help to rescue UK’s old rainfall records

Posted: 26/03/20

The UK has rainfall records dating back 200 years or so, but the vast majority of these are in handwritten form and can't easily be used to analyse past periods of flooding and drought. The Rainfall Rescue Project is seeking volunteers to transfer all the data into online spreadsheets.

Rivers Trust launches 10-year campaign to double area of Lancashire’s woodlands

Posted: 11/03/20

As part of the £5million project, more than half a million trees will be planted to reduce flooding, improve air quality and remove 100,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.

How a groundbreaking new £1.3 million park will help prevent flooding in one corner of Manchester

Posted: 10/03/20

The park in West Gorton will reduce the future effects of climate change by soaking up excess rainwater.

Major package of support announced by Government for storm-hit areas

Posted: 19/02/20

Positive news for some eligible north west communities, the Government has announced thousands of pounds of support including grants, council tax relief and business rate relief for people and businesses in areas affected by flooding.

£1.2 Billion for weather and climate supercomputer

Posted: 17/02/20

The latest supercomputing technology will unleash the full potential of weather and climate data for the UK.

Planning application is another step forward for the Rochdale and Littleborough Flood Risk Management Scheme

Posted: 31/01/20

Plans for the next phase of the £46m Rochdale and Littleborough Flood Risk Management Scheme to reduce flooding in two high risk areas have now been submitted to the Local Planning Authority.

Natural capital tool launched to help protect the environment

Posted: 31/01/20

On the 22nd January 2020, an ambitious new online resource was launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to help ensure better environmental decision-making by valuing our ‘natural capital’.

Environment Agency survey: Groundwater flood management in England

Posted: 31/01/20

The Environment Agency have launched a survey to support research into groundwater flood management.

Environmental bodies set joint vision to tackle climate change

Posted: 31/01/20

Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, and Natural England outline a shared vision to use nature-based solutions to tackle the climate emergency.

The Environment Agency launched a campaign to highlight the impact of flood damage on mental health

Posted: 29/01/20

During their Flood Action Week (20th January – 26th January 2020) the Environment Agency launched a campaign to highlight the impact flood damage has on mental health, advising people on the importance of signing up to flood alerts.

Centre of excellence designed to cut UK flood risks opens in Newcastle

Posted: 28/01/20

On Friday, Universities Minister Chris Skidmore officially opened the UK’s largest testbed for sustainable drainage systems.

New updates to the Environment Agency’s long term flood risk information

Posted: 27/01/20

The Environment Agency has updated its long term flood risk information using feedback from users of the service.

SuDS Pro-Forma Consultation now live

Posted: 27/01/20

A draft pro-forma on sustainable drainage systems is bring presented for consultation and feedback.

Work has begun on the Lancaster flood defence scheme

Posted: 24/01/20

Work has begun on a multi-million pound project to build new defences along the banks of the River Lune to prevent large scale flooding similar to that seen during Storm Desmond in 2015.

The Draft North West Marine Plan is live and open for consultation

Posted: 20/01/20

The public consultation on the draft North West Marine Plan opened on the 14th January 2020 and will run for 12 weeks until the 6th April 2020 when it will close.

Environment Agency Flood Action Week 2020

Posted: 15/01/20

The Environment Agency are running a Flood Action Week from 20th - 26th January to help people know what action to take in a flood.

Beaver trial gets go-ahead in Cumbria

Posted: 15/01/20

A scientific trial to release beavers into an enclosure in Cumbria gets the go-ahead.

Another giant fatberg has been found in Manchester

Posted: 20/12/19

A monstrous fatberg weighing the same as three elephants has been found under Strangeways.

Have your say on the Water Challenges and Choices Environment Agency consultation

Posted: 18/12/19

The Environment Agency are running a consultation until the 24th April 2020 for members of the public to have their say on the challenges that our waters face and the choices and changes we all need to make to help tackle  those challenges.

Forthcoming Events

CANCELLED: Peatland Restoration: Naddle Farm

Event Date: 09/04/2020

Come and help Cumbria Rivers Trust with some maintenance and planting on an area of restored peatland with the RSPB.

CANCELLED: Peatland Restoration: Armboth Fell Peatland Survey Day (15/04/20)

Event Date: 15/04/2020

Help Cumbria Wildlife Trust undertake a peatland survey on this area of land above Thirlmere reservoir.

CANCELLED: Peatland Restoration: Bampton Common Planting Day (23/04/20)

Event Date: 23/04/2020

Help Cumbria Wildlife Trust restore eroded peatland on this conservation day. They'll be transplanting clumps of bog mosses and other plants.

CANCELLED: Upper Dean Living Landscape walk, Macclesfield

Event Date: 02/05/2020

Join Cheshire Wildlife Trust for a guided walk with the chance to see in-channel natural flood management works.

CANCELLED: Wasdale Wednesday: Tree Guard Removal – West Cumbria Rivers Trust

Event Date: 13/05/2020

Join West Cumbria Rivers Trust in removing old tree guards from trees.

UK Underwater – Data Driven Approaches to Communicating Flooding

Event Date: 01/06/2020

A two-day workshop funded through the Data Science Institute at Lancaster University.

CANCELLED: Peatland Restoration: Bampton Common Planting Day (09/06/20)

Event Date: 09/06/2020

Help Cumbria Wildlife Trust restore eroded peatland on this conservation day. They'll be transplanting clumps of bog mosses and other plants.

CANCELLED: Peatland Restoration: Bishop’s Allotment Conservation Day

Event Date: 27/06/2020

Come and help Cumbria Rivers Trust create some wetland habitat on this conservation day near Newby Bridge

CANCELLED: Wasdale Wednesday: Wet Woodland Restoration – West Cumbria Rivers Trust

Event Date: 12/08/2020

Join West Cumbria Rivers Trust in blocking ditches, creating wet woodland and reducing silt movement.

World Habitat Day – Creating Dunes at St Anne’s

Event Date: 05/10/2020

To celebrate World Habitat Day, join Lancashire Wildlife Trust in erecting fencing and planting Marram grass on the sand dunes at North Beach, St Anne's to create sand dunes.

Flood & Coast 2020

Event Date: 08/12/2020

Flood & Coast is a unique three-day event bringing together a diverse range of people to advance the global debate about flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) in a changing climate.

Flood & Coast 2020

Event Date: 09/12/2020

Flood & Coast is a unique three-day event bringing together a diverse range of people to advance the global debate about flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) in a changing climate.

Flood & Coast 2020

Event Date: 10/12/2020

Flood & Coast is a unique three-day event bringing together a diverse range of people to advance the global debate about flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) in a changing climate.