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  • £50 million flood defence scheme opens in Leeds

    5th October 2017
    A £50 million flood alleviation scheme in Leeds which uses moveable weir technology – a first for flood risk reduction in the UK opened on the 4th October 2017.   The first phase of the award-winning Leeds Flood Alleviation ...
  • Spawning success for new fish pass

    4th October 2017
    Young salmon have been found in the River Derwent at Shotley Bridge in Consett for the first time in 300 years thanks to a new fish pass.   The 33 juvenile salmon caught during recent routine sampling by the Environment Agency are the ...
  • Barriers at the ready in ‘Broadchurch’

    25th September 2017
    A Dorset seaside resort made famous by the television drama Broadchurch will be the location of an Environment Agency training exercise this week (Tuesday 26 September 2017).   Visitors to West Bay, near Bridport, will see up to 60 ...
  • £4.5 million flood alleviation scheme to open in Somerset

    25th September 2017
    Emma Howard Boyd will open the new defence which will cut flood risk to 200 homes and give better protection to a major Somerset road.   Hydrobrakes have been installed inside culverts in Cannington to slow and reduce the flow ...
  • Leeds second phase flood defence plans go on show

    25th September 2017
    Proposals for the second phase of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme are going on show this month to communities upstream of the city centre. A series of drop in events are being held in Kirkstall, Horsforth, Rodley and Apperley Bridge areas ...
  • Preparation underway for major Romsey flood exercise

    25th September 2017
    The Environment Agency is preparing to run a major flood exercise to the north of Romsey this week (27 September).   Field teams will be building 400 metres of temporary barrier close to Greatbridge Road, to train new and existing members ...
  • £6m Hesketh scheme reduces flood risk reduced and boosts wildlife

    25th September 2017
    A new scheme that will improve flood protection, boost wildlife habitats and create 160 hectares of new saltmarsh, was opened on Thursday 21st September.   The new reserve not only creates new saltmarsh habitat but strengthens sea ...
  • First Salmon found in Derbyshire river a since Industrial Revolution

    20th September 2017
    tlantic salmon have been discovered on the River Ecclesbourne, a tributary of the River Derwent, Derbyshire for the first time since the Industrial Revolution following work carried out by the Environment Agency and its partners.   The ...
  • £3.6m East Farleigh lock improvements

    11th September 2017
    River Medway users and wildlife have been boosted by the completion of a £3.6 million project to refurbish East Farleigh lock.   The Environment Agency project has refurbished the lock, in East Farleigh near Maidstone, ...
  • Helping north east communities be flood resilient

    11th September 2017
    The Environment Agency has appointed a new team of engagement officers to help communities be more resilient to flooding in the North East.   The £280,000 a year project includes four new engagement officers spread across ...
  • Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme wins large project of the year at NEC Awards

    25th August 2017
    Multi-organisation project is recognised for its ‘one team’ ethos   Phase 1 of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme has scooped the Large Project of the Year award at this year’s NEC awards in London.   The ...
  • Flood committee sets out £22million of spending for coming year

    25th August 2017
    Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee launches it's business plan for 2017/18 to protect hundreds of homes across the north east.   A flood and coastal group will oversee spending of almost £22million to ...
  • Improved flood warning service across West Yorkshire

    21st August 2017
    The Environment Agency has improved its flood warning systems across West Yorkshire.   The updated service uses new modelling data, which gives more accurate alerts, helping communities to be better prepared for flooding.   As ...
  • EA share plans for £30m Mytholmroyd flood scheme

    21st August 2017
    A guided walking tour of Mytholmroyd to share plans for the new £30m flood alleviation scheme proposed for the village has been hosted for ward councillors. They were invited to meet the Environment Agency’s project team ...
  • Norfolk’s eel population boosted

    11th August 2017
    Environment Agency efforts to improve access to freshwater habitats for Norfolk eels have seen encouraging results for second year running.   Increased numbers of eels have been observed at a Norwich fish pass, as well as ...
  • Flood defences put to the test in Northwich

    8th August 2017
    Demountable flood defences were used in Northwich town centre exercise A selection of temporary and permanent flood barriers, which would be deployed in emergencies, have been put to the test in Northwich.   100 metres of demountable ...
  • Official opening of £3million North East flood scheme

    3rd August 2017
    The multi-million pound Lustrum Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme has been officially opened.   The Environment Agency and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council have worked together on the £3million award-winning scheme, which ...
  • Thousands of young grayling have been released by the Environment Agency to give fish stocks a boost in north east rivers.

    3rd August 2017
    The Environment Agency has released 12,000 young grayling to give fish stocks a boost in north east rivers.   The fish were released this week into the rivers Deerness, Browney, Blyth and Skerne as well as Langley Beck at Staindrop ...
  • Louth and Horncastle flood alleviation schemes formally opened

    3rd August 2017
    10 years on from flooding in the area partnership working with community and authorities led to increased protection   Two Flood Alleviation Schemes (FASs) in Louth and Horncastle which collectively reduce flood risk to ...
  • £30m Funding announced for Mytholmroyd flood scheme

    27th July 2017
    A major £30m flood scheme to protect homes and businesses in Mytholmroyd is a step closer thanks to a decision made on 25 July by the Calderdale Flood Partnership Board.   The board approved the allocation of funding for the scheme ...
  • Final stage of the £27million Northumberland flood scheme is now complete

    21st July 2017
    The final part of the Environment Agency and Northumberland County Council's multi-million pound flood scheme in Morpeth is complete.   The final part of Morpeth’s £27million flood alleviation scheme is complete. Work ...
  • Threatened native species finds safety in Lincolnshire

    19th July 2017
    Refuges have been set up in the county for the country's only native species of crayfish   Efforts to protect the UK’s only native species of crayfish have seen almost 600 specimens moved to protected new homes in Lincolnshire.   The ...
  • North West awarded £1 million funding for natural flood scheme

    19th July 2017
    More than 1,000 properties are set to benefit from the pioneering ‘Slow the Flow’ project.   People, homes and businesses across the North West will be better protected from flooding thanks to a £1 million ...
  • Northwich flood risk management scheme officially opened

    19th July 2017
    Hundreds of homes and business are now benefitting from improved flood protection after the Environment Agency officially opened the scheme..   Guests were invited to a special event on Friday 30 June to mark the completion ...
  • Water scheme keeps River Slea flowing

    19th July 2017
    The river that gives Sleaford its name is being given a helping hand by the Environment Agency with the switch-on of a groundwater scheme.   Around 1.1 million litres of water a day is being drawn up from an underground limestone aquifer, ...
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