A joint study with the Environment Agency and NERC- This document sets out to investigate the potential for integrating ecosystem services and the Ecosystem Approach into Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) activities at the Environment Agency
Rural Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are not a new concept, but they are not widespread in the rural environment and could present many opportunities for improving our management of water at source. Document created by the Environment Agency.
By diverting some of the river flow out and into a small storage pond, a proportion of the flood water is attenuated. These are called Run-off attenuation features. Document created by: Newcastle University
Useful case studies from different areas in the UK
This short project aims to augment the current state of knowledge by using sensitivity testing as a means of indicating the potential impact that changes in runoff characteristics from farms and sub-catchment areas may have on the generation of floods at the catchment scale. Quite an old document, but very interesting.
The Belford pilot pond study is the first part of a series of Farm Integrated Runoff Management (FIRM) plans (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/iq/Proactive/FIRM.html) to be implemented across the Belford catchment (funded by the Environment Agency)
In 2009, in response to one of the recommendations of the Pitt Review of the Summer 2007 Floods, Defra commissioned three new Multi-Objective Flood Management Demonstration Projects, including the Holnicote Project on the National Trust Holnicote Estate in West Somerset.
Water runoff and erosion during heavy rain is a loss to the farm and a cost to society. Around 2.2 million tonnes of topsoil are eroded annually in the UK, reducing the long term fertility of the soil by removing nutrient rich top soil and organic matter.
In response to the projected increase in flood risk and the request for more evidence by policy officials, this report addresses the question set by Defra: “What is the case for further intervention to encourage the use of soft engineering/habitat management for flood risk management?”