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  • David Rook appointed as new Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management for the EA

    15th November 2011
    David Rooke, who has over 30 years experience in flood and coastal risk management, has been announced as the Environment Agency’s new Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management. The new appointment will see David lead the Environment ...
  • Improved Rivers see Fish stocks boosted

    15th November 2011
    Many rivers have suffered from poor water quality and habitat degradation in the past, but a concerted effort by the Environment Agency has helped turn these watercourses around. The Clow Beck, that flows into the River Tees near Darlington, ...
  • Powick Flood Risk defence Scheme completed

    14th November 2011
    This Friday (18 November 2011), will see the official opening of the Powick flood risk management scheme. The £765,000 scheme, which began in August and took 3 months to complete, included a new 1.8m high embankment and the raising ...
  • £103m funding for Wave & Tidal Renewable energy in Scotland

    11th November 2011
    The UK and Scottish governments have reached an agreement on accessing funds from the Fossil Fuel Levy, a tax paid by suppliers of non-renewable energy sources. It currently holds about £200m. Under the new deal, £103m will ...
  • Property protection Improvements for Cornwall residents

    10th November 2011
    As Cornwall marks the one year anniversary of the devastating floods that hit the county last November, work is well underway to help reduce flood risk to properties in the affected communities through partnership working. Grants totalling ...
  • Wetlands Trust celebrates 65 years

    10th November 2011
    One of the world’s largest wetland conservation organisations celebrates its 65th anniversary today. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust has saved species, pioneered scientific research and helped governments and communities ...
  • £3.4m flood defence scheme proposed for Northallerton

    9th November 2011
    Work on a new £3.4 million scheme to reduce the risk of flooding to 212 homes and businesses in Northallerton will start next year, subject to planning approval. The Environment Agency is finalising plans to repair culverts and construct ...
  • £1.2m flood defence works for Braunton

    9th November 2011
    Flood defence works at Braunton, Devon, will begin on Thursday this week and are expected to take 6 months to complete. Following the floods in the village in 2004, the Environment Agency created a flood defence plan, working in liaison with ...
  • Solar Survey Details Industry Distress

    8th November 2011
    Estimated 11,000 solar jobs face axe - social housing projects slashed An REA/STA industry survey answered by 139 solar companies details the likely impact of the proposed cuts to solar FITs on the UK industry.  Key findings are; Initial ...
  • Exercise Watermark - The Report Findings

    8th November 2011
    England and Wales are now better prepared than ever to respond to major flooding, says an independent report published today. 10,000 people took part in Britain’s biggest ever civil emergency exercise, Exercise Watermark, last ...
  • Tidal power included in The Thames Hub plan

    8th November 2011
    Halcrow and Foster & Partners have launched their Thames Hub vision. It is  An air/rail/road/sea transportation hub in the Thames Estuary, which presents an opportunity to deliver lasting social, environmental and economic ...
  • New flood risk maps created for Halcrow

    8th November 2011
    Householders and communities around the UK will benefit from a dynamic new series of flood risk maps created for Halcrow. The maps are amongst the most comprehensive ever assessment of the likely impact of surface water flooding in 20 cities ...
  • Updates to the FADS site

    4th November 2011
    Renewable Energy Section The 'Renewable Energy' section focuses on energy sources that are relevant to the water management industry. The four main sources that we are concentrating on are Hydro, Wave & Tidal, Solar and Wind. Hydropower ...
  • Preparation underway for West Wittering Flood works

    4th November 2011
    The preliminary work is taking place ready for the construction of long-awaited coastal defences in West Wittering next spring. Over the last month 100,000 cubic metres of clay and other materials have been transported to the site, and on ...
  • Internal Drainage Board Consultation in Cumbria

    3rd November 2011
    Two community groups in North and South Cumbria are due to launch a consultation next week, to gauge public opinion on the feasibility of creating the first internal drainage boards (IDBs) in England for over 30 years The South Cumbria Water ...
  • De-silting Culverts to Reduce the flood risk for Ashton-in-Makerfield

    3rd November 2011
    A culverted section of Millingford Brook, Ashton in Makerfield, is being given an environmentally friendly spring clean to help to keep the river flowing freely, and thus reducing the risk of flooding to homes and businesses in Ashton. The ...
  • Yorkshire MP urges new look at flood defence funding

    2nd November 2011
    According to a Yorkshire MP, Yorkshire Water could have to take on the responsibility for flood defences in order to breach a huge funding gap which is will appear as a result of Government cuts. Spending cuts have seen the Environment Agency ...
  • International boost for UK wetlands trust

    2nd November 2011
    The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust was, yesterday (1st Nov) forging closer ties with more than 150 governments that have committed to safeguarding wetlands through an international treaty. WWT Chief Executive Martin Spray will sign ...
  • Defra minister to see team work on flooding in Burstwick

    1st November 2011
    Defra minister Richard Benyon will be in Burstwick on Wednesday (Nov 2) to see how residents and the Environment Agency are working together to reduce the town’s risk of flooding. Mr Benyon will meet members of the flood action group, ...
  • Government confirm proposals to cut solar feed-in tariffs

    31st October 2011
    Climate Minister Greg Barker will today announce proposed cuts to the incentives available to small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, with the industry warning that anticipated cuts to feed-in tariffs of around 50 per cent will ...
  • Funding Gap in Flood Risk Management

    31st October 2011
    The National Audit Office reported, (on the 28th October),  that giving greater responsibility and discretion to local authorities to identify flood risk and target investment raises significant challenges, especially during a ...
  • Facebook to connect communities at risk of flooding

    28th October 2011
    A new support network for those affected by and at risk of flooding has been created on Facebook. Flood Group UK is a new page to help communities at risk of flooding to support each other. The group is being launched today by government organisations ...
  • Free solar energy for Bristol Water

    28th October 2011
    A large-scale solar power system has been installed at Bristol Water's largest treatment works at no cost to the company under the Government's Feed-In Tariff scheme. The system has a total output of 297 kW – enough to power about ...
  • Royal Haskoning awarded lead EIA consultant on Dogger Bank wind farm

    26th October 2011
    Royal Haskoning has agreed a framework with Forewind to provide Co-ordination and Lead Consultancy roles for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) relating to projects within the Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm Zone. Potentially the ...
  • Flood defence cuts cause concern

    26th October 2011
    Lincolnshire TAXPAYERS along the East Coast are concerned that they could be left footing part of the bill for sea defences when the present funding agreement runs out in 2015. Currently the Environment Agency, through Government grants, ...
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