Natural Flood Management

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Natural Flood Management

Natural Flood Management (NFM) aka Natural Flood Retention Measures, uses natural processes and techniques to reduce flood risk.

How does it link to river restoration?
NFM provides an approach to achieve multiple benefits. By implementing natural techniques, watercourses have the opportunity to restore natural flow and sediment regimes. Habitats can also be created in areas of varying flow ranges and sediment types.

What types of techniques are there?

  • Leaky dams
  • Swales
  • Offline ponds
  • Remeandering
  • Land management practices
  • Soil management
  • Beavers
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