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  • Major bank repairs start on the River Aire

    30th August 2016
    Significant repairs to flood banks along the River Aire in East Yorkshire are currently underway by the Environment Agency, to repair damage done by the Christmas floods and reduce the risk of flooding to local communities.   Work ...
  • £3m flood recovery begins in North East towns

    30th August 2016
    Work started on the 22nd August in the towns of Skinningrove and Corbridge as part of a £3million Environment Agency recovery programme to restore damaged flood defences and recover from storms which hit the North East last winter.   Repair ...
  • Boston Barrier flood defence scheme takes a significant step forwards

    30th August 2016
    The Environment Agency has asked the Secretary of State to grant powers to construct and operate the Boston Barrier through a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) today.   The Boston Barrier scheme is part of a phased approach to reduce ...
  • River blockages cleared after winter flooding

    19th August 2016
    The Environment Agency has this week started an £800,000 programme of work on the rivers Aire and Worth to remove gravel and silt deposited by the winter floods.   The deposits, known as shoals, built up in the rivers during the ...
  • Yorkshire Water fined £350,000 for polluting Harrogate watercourse

    19th August 2016
    Yorkshire Water has been fined £350,000 for illegally discharging sewage that polluted a Harrogate watercourse.   The company was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (17 August) after previously pleading guilty ...
  • £3.5m Westleigh flood risk management scheme well under way

    11th August 2016
    The works include the removal of Clifton Street Bridge, building raised walls and an embankment, and modifications to Sportsman Street Bridge.   This scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to 230 residential properties from Clifton ...
  • Stockton flood alleviation scheme progresses

    4th August 2016
    Environment Agency continues work to reduce the risk of flooding from Lustrum Beck   A new flood wall along the beck at Bedford Street, which started in May, is almost complete, while the new lifting screen at the culvert at Primrose ...
  • Veolia to provide key support to reduce flood impact in Moray

    4th August 2016
    Veolia, the global resource management company, is now set to monitor, maintain and service a key flood alleviation pumping station following a contract award from Moray Council in Scotland.   The £44million Forres (River ...
  • WWT welcomes new invasive species law

    3rd August 2016
    A list of 37 invasive non-native plant and animal species including squirrels, a terrapin and a cabbage will be banned from being brought into the UK after this Wednesday – but only for as long as the UK remains in the EU.   The Wildfowl ...
  • Dredging planned on the River Freshney

    3rd August 2016
    Plans to dredge a section of the River Freshney have been announced by the Environment Agency after research revealed new information about the amount of silt in the channel.   The dredging will help reduce flood risk and will be carried ...
  • Flood repairs start in Northumberland town

    28th July 2016
    Work to repair flood defences in a Northumberland town, which were damaged during the winter floods, is due to start next week. Repair work at Haydon Bridge will be carried out by the Environment Agency in two phases and will permanently repair ...
  • Scotland sets out 10 year £420m flood defence strategy

    18th July 2016
    More than 10,000 families are to benefit from a ten year strategy to protect homes in many of Scotland’s most flood-prone communities.   The plan is the result of grant funding totalling £420 million and follows an agreement ...
  • £1m pollution fine for United Utilities and contractors

    18th July 2016
    United Utilities Water Limited (UU) has been fined £600,000 and its contractor, KMI+ £333,000 at Bolton Crown Court on Friday 24 June 2016 after pleading guilty to polluting a brook.   Both companies were also ordered ...
  • Government announce Emma Howard Boyd as preferred candidate for Chairman of the Environment Agency

    15th July 2016
    The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss, is pleased to announce that Emma Howard Boyd has been selected as the Government’s preferred candidate to take up the post of Chairman of the Environment ...
  • Flood committee sets out next year’s commitments

    13th July 2016
    A flood and coastal group will oversee spending of more than £24million to protect hundreds of homes across the North East as it sets out its objectives for the next year.   The Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee ...
  • Recovery continues in Yorkshire six months on from floods

    11th July 2016
    The Environment Agency is embarking on a significant programme of repairs to flood defences damaged by flooding.   It’s now six months on since the devastating floods of December 2015 and the Environment Agency is embarking ...
  • Phase two of £32 million Exeter flood defence scheme begins

    6th July 2016
    Phase 2 of Exeter’s multi-million pound scheme to reduce flood risk to 3,200 homes and businesses gets underway next week.   The £32 million scheme, a partnership between the Environment Agency, Devon County Council ...
  • River Derwent fish pass plans open for consultation

    29th June 2016
    The Environment Agency is seeking public views on proposals to install a lamprey, fish and eel pass at Howsham Weir on the River Derwent in Yorkshire.   A consultation will run from Thursday 30 June to Thursday 8 September to allow people ...
  • Urban renewal expert appointed to the Board of the Environment Agency

    28th June 2016
    Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss, has appointed Maria Adebowale-Schwarte to the Board of the Environment Agency as natural environment lead.   The appointment will take effect from ...
  • Calderdale flood scheme completed

    28th June 2016
    mprovements have been made at 22 locations to manage water coming off the moors   The scheme was developed by the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council in response to the floods of 2012 and 2013 where properties and businesses ...
  • France forecasts €1.4Bn in flood insurance costs

    10th June 2016
    The AFA, Association Française de l’assurance, expects to receive up to 150,000 insurance claims totalling up to €1.4 billion.   The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk ...
  • Sustainability award for Ketley flood alleviation project

    10th June 2016
    Ketley flood alleviation project, in Shropshire, has been named a sustainability champion at the 2016 Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) West Midlands Awards.   The project, which started in July 2014 and was completed last year ...
  • Government is failing to protect communities at risk of flooding warns Environmental Audit Committee

    10th June 2016
    The Environmental Audit Committee has published a report finding that the Government is failing to protect communities at risk of flooding.   Flood defence funding   With regards to funding for flood defences the Committee ...
  • EA awards two further WEM framework contracts to BMM

    31st May 2016
    BAM Nuttall Mott MacDonald (BMM) has picked up two further contracts through the WEM (Water and Environment Management) framework with the Environment Agency (EA).   The new contracts involve the delivery of the Exeter Flood Alleviation ...
  • Cumbria flood recovery 6 months after Desmond unleashed his wrath

    27th May 2016
    It is now almost 6 months (6 months on June 4) since Storm Desmond hit, the emergency repairs to defences have been finished, over 30,000 tonnes of gravel have been moved and investigations are well underway to pin point the cause and extent of ...
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