Holistic Water Management Project

Invitation to Natural Flood Management event - Could Natural Flood Management work for you?

Thursday 20th Sept 16:00-18:30hrs

JOIN US AT Hill House Farm, Aspall, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6NU From 1600-1830hrs

 RESERVE YOUR PLACE BY FRI 14th SEPT - REGISTER NOW 

NFM Hill House Farm event

You are invited to view an innovative approach to natural flood management which has shown how landowners and communities can work together for multiple benefits at an affordable rate. Come along and view our recently completed scheme in Debenham which is demonstrating how a 'slow the flow' scheme can reduce the local flood risk, improve water quality and create new habitats. If this work appeals to you then please register as we have recently received further funding and we are now looking to work with landowners and communities to carry out similar schemes. There will be short talks on natural flood management and the wider benefits of this approach, plus the chance to hear from the landowner, see the scheme on the ground and discuss how we can work with landowners in other areas. Light refreshments will be served. Find out more about this project.

  

NEWS: As part of the Government’s 25-year Environment Plan, the Minister has announced that the East Suffolk Catchment will be one of the four initial pilot catchments for testing innovative approaches to reforming water abstraction. This not only recognises the importance of our precious water resources for public consumption, our economy, farming and the environment, but also gives a national profile for the well-established Holistic Water Management Project!

 Read the latest news from Holistic Water Management Project in the June 2018 Update

We are lucky enough to have many water-dependant habitats here in East Anglia, yet we drain water off the land out into the sea whilst experiencing both droughts and floods. The Holistic Water Management Project is about linking all these aspects of water management. We are trying to develop new ways of delivering flood alleviation, to provide more reliable water resources for all users and to improve water based ecosystems and water quality.

Click here to view a short film about SCC’s innovative and exciting approach to water management in East Anglia. The UK Water Partnership film was screened at last year’s Sustainable Food, Farming and Water Workshop. The Workshop Report can be accessed here

But whilst it all makes a great deal of sense to view water in a holistic way, it is not going to be an easy task to put this into practice. There are many regulatory obstacles to overcome and it will require a new approach to the concept of shared investment in water resources by all parties, including the environment. All the interested parties were bought together - councils, water companies, landowners, water abstractors, environmentalists, the Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Boards and the Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust - to establish a Project Board.

The project is concentrating on the Deben catchment in Suffolk as this was deemed the best catchment in Suffolk for a pilot project. Details of the project development are available under The Project Board.

The project is split into working groups - progress in each of these areas can be viewed by clicking on the sections below:

Debenham Flood Management Licence Trading & Abstraction Reform Channel Morphology & WFD improvements

Reservoir Planning & Consents Streamlining Felixstowe Peninsula Managed Aquifer Recharge
 
 
  The Project Board
 

The project continues to make good progress and is gaining support and awareness from a wide range of organisations and individuals – including MPs and government ministers, statutory agencies, environmental and community groups and landowners.

For further information please contact the Project Manager Jane Burch on 01473 264782 or email jane.burch@suffok.gov.uk