A pilot project is underway in Earby to help reduce the risk of flooding along the River Aire. The project will test how natural solutions such as creating wetlands, can be used to help reduce the risk.
The works are taking place at Marlfield arm on the border of Yorkshire and Lancashire and will include hedge planting, fencing off corners of fields from grazing so that more vegetation can grow and installing leaky barriers to slow the flow of rainwater whilst also providing a better habitat for local wildlife.
The Environment Agency is working with the River Stewardship Company to deliver this work by Christmas. It is hoped that this will be the first of many of these natural flood management schemes (NFM) in Earby. The Environment Agency is keen to work with any landowners in the area who are interested in getting involved.
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