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  • 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 ...
  • £10m flood action plan for Mytholmroyd published

    26th May 2016
    The Environment Agency has announced an action plan for Mytholmroyd, which will spend more than £10 million on flood defences to better protect homes and businesses.   A new flood action plan for the town, commissioned by Environment ...
  • World fish migration day highlights successes

    23rd May 2016
    More than 20,000km of England’s rivers have been opened up to improve fish migration over the last 4 years – the equivalent distance of London to Rio and back – the Environment Agency reveals on World Fish Migration Day (21st ...
  • New fish pass opens up 34km of River Witham

    23rd May 2016
    A new pass has opened up 34 kilometres (21 miles) of the River Witham for fish and eels, making it easier for them to migrate and spawn.   The £100,000 project took 3 months to complete and was installed after the Aubourn weir, which ...
  • €12m EU funding to protect vital UK moorlands

    23rd May 2016
    Thousands of acres of South Pennines moorland and peat bogs to be better protected as a new EU-funded restoration project gets underway.   The MoorLIFE 2020 project - which received €12 million funding from the European Union ...
  • Proposed River Frome habitat improvements go on show

    23rd May 2016
    Severn Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency are holding a drop-in event to share potential options for the habitat improvement project.   The two organisations are working in partnership on a wider project which aims to help fish ...
  • Cambridge Water launches biodiversity fund

    23rd May 2016
    A new fund has been launched by Cambridge Water to actively encourage and enhance biodiversity in the local environment.   Projects that Explore Biodiversity Benefits in the Local Environment – or PEBBLE for short – ...
  • £800k surface water scheme reduces flood risk in Lincolnshire

    23rd May 2016
    A new £800,000 scheme to manage surface water at Stamp End, Lincoln will reduce the risk of flooding to roads, homes and businesses during heavy rainfall.   Back in 2007, 200 residents of Shuttleworth House had to be evacuated ...
  • Environment Agency event to celebrate World Fish Migration Day

    19th May 2016
    Fisheries officers and ecologists from the Environment Agency are running a free event in Durham on Saturday 21 May, as part of a global campaign to raise awareness about the importance of fish migration.   Taking place on the River ...
  • Improvement works in Grantham help reduce flood risk

    18th May 2016
    Improvement works have been carried out on Witham Brook, Grantham Summer storms in 2015 saw four properties and the Witham Brook Park Industrial Estate flooded when water levels in the brook rose substantially following heavy rain. The ...
  • Mary “Queen of Floods” Dhonau urges flood victims to take advantage of £5,000 resilience and resistance grants 

    17th May 2016
    Mary Dhonau OBE, the chief executive of the Know Your Flood Risk campaign is urging homeowners who experienced flooding in December 2015 to contact their Local Authority to access the Repair and Renew grants, which have ...
  • FREE lunch at FloodEx

    12th May 2016
      No such thing as a free lunch? Wrong!   ...
  • EA publishes Foss Barrier investigation report

    12th May 2016
    The Environment Agency has published an independent report commissioned to investigate how water got into the Foss Barrier Pumping Station in York on 26 December 2015.   On Boxing Day, more than 600 homes and businesses were affected ...
  • Defra extends RFCC Chair appointments

    12th May 2016
    Four Chairs of the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) have had their appointments extended   Defra is extending the appointments of 4 RFCC Chairs: Dr Jonathan Hargreaves as the Chair of the Northumbria RFCC, Professor Robert ...
  • River Ouseburn diverted to reduce flood risk

    11th May 2016
    The River Ouseburn has been diverted as part of a major £7 million scheme to tackle flooding in Brunton Park, Newcastle.   The Brunton Park scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to more than 100 properties in Mitford Gardens, ...
  • Work start on flood scheme to protect Catterick

    10th May 2016
    Construction of a new storage reservoir to protect Catterick Village and the A1 motorway from flooding started today (Tuesday 10 May).   Mark Scott, Area Manager for the Environment Agency, and Vanessa Gilbert, Regional Director ...
  • EFRA Committee to visit Somerset Levels

    9th May 2016
    The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) will be visiting the Somerset Levels on Thursday 12 May as part of its inquiry into Future flood prevention. Large areas of the Somerset Levels experienced flooding in 2013-14 with some ...
  • New NewsLincshore scheme reduces coastal flood risk

    9th May 2016
    A major annual scheme to replenish Lincolnshire beaches will get underway this week, helping reduce flood risk to thousands of homes and businesses along the coast.   The Environment Agency’s flagship Lincshore scheme sees ...
  • Keswick glass flood barrier repairs underway

    6th May 2016
    This week the Environment Agency started work to repair the seals on the glass panels along High Hill in Keswick after they were damaged during the December 2015 floods.   The panels are designed to be strong enough to withstand the ...
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