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Attenuation Research

This pilot study, presented initially to government and industry at CIWEM’s   Catchment-2011   UK conference,  explores the use of dense vegetation at field boundaries to restrict flow and thereby create incremental natural porous  ‘green reservoirs’ within the floodplain which attenuate overbank … Continue reading

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Hybrid grass ‘could reduce flooding impact’

Mark Kinver,  BBC News Environment reporter, writes:- “A hybrid farmland grass, developed by a team of UK researchers, could help reduce flooding, a study has shown. A team of plant and soil scientists said tests showed the new cultivar reduced run-off by … Continue reading

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Defence, Resilience and ATTENUATION . . .

” . . .   abide these three, but the greatest of these (for the wellbeing of communities) is ATTENUATION . . .”  (with apologies to 1 Corinthians 13:13)   Stakeholders in flood prevention weave diffuse threads of support and wellbeing for communities … Continue reading

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Innovation, Flood Risk and PR14

were on the menu of a stimulating and well attended Environment Agency seminar  on Wednesday 12th December 2012, in London.  Disarmingly,  this wide-ranging UK public service is inviting innovation in five particular fields,  namely:- The joining-up of  catchment risk  to avoid … Continue reading

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Evidence or Action ?

Water conferences – there was an excellent one recently on ‘Ecosystem’ service – promote both evidence from stakeholders and action from operating authorities. Sometimes, often for reasons of cost, these two worthy goals conflict.  For the supply and control of … Continue reading

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Ecosystem Landuse and Nature

  “We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance”  In developed countries,  landuse is managed – has been usually for centuries – to yield productive agriculture from wilderness scrub. Managed  features can be soft, benign and sustainable, but … Continue reading

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Scale and Diversity

of Diffuse Fluvial Attenuation in Natural Flood Management   Reviewing comment at and correspondence relating to the recent PostNote seminar,  the range and  diversity of opinion is surprising.   In fact Flood Risk could come a close second to sovereign … Continue reading

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Attenuation Super Ponds

This attenuation feature has been in the news.  The following pdf’s relate:- http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/D9A55690-3B61-4230-B0CD-9C8B871B1B15/0/HD15Issue3fFloodRisk.pdf https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/D8233689-4671-45D2-96E1-1850159AD6A3/0/SD35WestonsuperMareFloodManagementStudyPhaseIII.pdf In the second pdf, the final report, there are 31 instances of the word ‘natural’, 18 of ‘natural process’, 42 of ‘SUDS’, zero of ‘NFM’, zero of … Continue reading

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Green Reservoirs

 The concept of ‘green’ flood storage featured in both technical presentations at the POST Seminar  (House of Commons 17th January 2012).  It would seem to be a key message to the Select Committee.  Green solutions are also a theme of CIWEM 2012 (20Mar12). … Continue reading

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The Parliamentary Reply . .

. . . from Select Committee Chair, Anne McIntosh MP, Member for Thirsk  . . . . . .  (to the question posed below at this week’s POST UK seminar) could perhaps best be described as a cautious,  maternal,  albeit slightly negative “We’ll … Continue reading

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A Parliamentary Question . .

re: Equitable Funding of  Natural Flood Defence within Water Supply    Does Parliament see a role for the Private Water industry in the funding of sustainable flood defence along rivers which provide essential conveyance of water managed, primarily, for urban users … Continue reading

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Select Committee Seminar

UK Parliamentary Seminar, 17th January 2012: P.O.S.T. Briefing A meeting to review Natural Flood Management (defined by P.O.S.T. as the alteration, restoration or use of landscape features) systems,  and to inform parliamentarians of this novel way to reduce flood risk. The … Continue reading

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‘Natural’ Ecosystem Attenuation in Action

Upper Severn Overbank Flow shows promise.  A routine overbank flood (c. 2-3yr RP) occurred on Wednesday 4th January in the Upper Severn reaches. Whilst unremarkable in itself and some 500mm below the critical stage of local embankments, the EA newly … Continue reading

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Postscripts

 Ongoing matters of interest and comment   CIWEM & FRM  (20Mar12) Water supply and flood risk – a marriage for 2012 ?? Both conveyed to the altar by UK Rivers Environment Agency brief on “The Greening of Flood Risk Management” NFM … Continue reading

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