Simple changes to the landscape and rivers can slow raindrops down as soon as they fall from the sky and start to travel across the land. That can make floods less severe and give people more time to prepare before they hit.
It took 3 years but finally a 151m wide and 4.5m high dam will be removed in Estonia! This is part of a larger €15 million project that will help restore a historical salmon migration route and riverine habitat.
Wetlands are ecosystems like lakes, rivers, marshes and peatlands, as well as coastal marine areas including mangroves and coral reefs.
The experts say wetlands work as a giant sponge that soaks up and stores extra rainfall and water from storm surges.
Conservation of these water bodies in urban areas was the focus of an international meeting on wetlands that concluded in Dubai on Monday.
The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has secured a £27.8 million National Capability funding award.
The money from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) – worth £5.7 million annually for five years – will fund a programme of research that is designed to deliver new integrated understanding of the environment.
On the fifth anniversary of the launch of the first COSMOS-UK site, Hollie Cooper, a Research Associate at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, looks at the origins and growth of our pioneering soil moisture monitoring network.
October 2, 2018, marked five years since the installation of the first COSMOS-UK soil moisture site, located at Chimney Meadows in West Oxfordshire.
Sir James Bevan KCMG, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, has warned that surface water is the UK’s biggest flood risk and highlighted potentially dire consequences if action is not stepped up to tackle the issue.
The government’s goal to restore the natural environment within a generation, coupled with its proposed reforms to public payments to farmers after the UK leaves the EU, have created the possibility of a radically different policy framework for managing land and water.
An Environment Agency (EA) project designed to protect the flood warning service for Stanhope has also been successful in improving fish passage on the River Wear.
Installing the fish pass at Stanhope will allow more fish species to pass upstream over the weir, improving access to c15mi of spawning and nursery grounds. The pass includes a series of baffles – metal plates fixed to a concrete channel – which slow the flow of water enabling fish to pass over more easily. The improvements are set to benefit species such as salmon and trout in particular.
We are pleased to inform you that a new website, ‘The Flood Hub’, will be launched in November – a website developed for the North West to help homeowners, businesses, communities and landowners manage their flood risk and become more flood resilient. The Flood Hub has been funded by the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) and is a joint initiative developed by Newground, the Environment Agency, United Utilities, and the Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire Strategic Flood Partnerships.