Flood Risk Management Plans – Government Consults

The UK Government is holding an open consultation on its draft flood risk management plans for England, with the deadline of 31st January 2015 for the submission of responses. The Environment Agency says that the responses will inform the first cycle of flood risk management plans, to be published in December 2015. These plans will direct considerable investment and action from 2016 to 2021 and beyond…

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New release of ESI Groundwater Flood Risk Map

ESI has announced the release of its new and enhanced authoritative flood risk map on the 13th October 2014 with existing subscribers able to request the new data immediately and new subscribers receiving version 1.2 from the 17th October. ESI’s latest Groundwater Flood Risk Map combines authoritative science, quality assured algorithms, and data from the British Geological Survey and other key organisations, as well as data from the flooding events in 2014…

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Geothermal district heating network for Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has developed plans for a geothermal district heating network, only the second of its kind in the UK. The project will involve pumping water to a layer of hot granite 2.5km beneath the city’s surface, using a borehole to bring the heated water back to the surface, and using the heat to spin a turbine that generates electricity…

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Work begins on UK’s first publicly-owned solar farm

Work has begun on the UK’s first publicly-owned solar farm. Rochdale Borough Council is building the farm on the site of a former waste disposal unit in Greater Manchester. Leader of the Council Richard Farnell said: “Options for this site are limited, due to its former use as a waste disposal site and contamination present…”

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UK’s biggest coastal flood management scheme completed

In a joint project with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, the Environment Agency has completed the UK’s biggest coastal flood management scheme at Steart Marshes on the Severn Estuary. The scheme, which was completed last month, involved digging and moving half a million cubic metres of soil to create new and improved flood banks…

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Flood Risk, Sediment Contamination and ‘The Archers’

The environmental impact of agricultural practice on the UK’s rivers was a feature in a recent episode of ‘The Archers’ on BBC Radio Four. On a BBC blog post, Graham Harvey, agricultural adviser to ‘The Archers’, writes: “After that freak storm, the Am river – from which Ambridge gets its name – has turned brown”…

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Three Red Cards for the Government in Environmental Audit Report

In a scorecard assessment of the Government’s green policies, the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee has looked at the Government’s performance in ten areas and awarded it a red card for three areas and an amber card for the remaining seven. Its efforts to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity, and reduce the risk of flooding were all given red cards…

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Managing Flood Risk – Environment Agency Progress Report

The Environment Agency has published a report on “Managing flood and coastal erosion risks in England, 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.” The report provides a summary of the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy and is a statutory requirement under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. Flood and coastal erosion risk management in England is the responsibility of risk management authorities, which include…

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Sustainable Drainage Systems – Defra announces a change of plan

Defra has announced a consultation on the government’s plans to deliver sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) through the planning system in England. The government’s proposals represent an alternative approach to SuDS delivery compared to the one envisaged in the Flood and Water Management Act of 2010…

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MPs tell Government to do more to support development of sustainable energy technologies

A cross-party group of MPs has criticised the Government for not doing enough to support businesses developing innovative low carbon products such as heat pumps and renewable energy technologies. The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee published a report last month which scrutinised the Government’s performance in supporting firms developing new products in the renewable and sustainable energy sector…

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