Flooding continues to ruin people’s lives in the Levels and this crisis shows there has never been a stronger incentive to re-think our relationship with water, and how we use our land and the space in our towns and cities. In an artificial and reclaimed landscape like the Levels there is an acknowledged role for dredging some main watercourses but the sustainable management of water on the floodplain is the long term goal.
Working with nature rather than against it is the key to a more flood resilient future and we have worked with our partners to produce a new report published by The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and endorsed by the Blueprint for Water coalition of environmental NGOs which shows how widespread dredging could make flooding in some communities worse in future. Download the report here.
Here in the county Somerset Wildlife Trust remains heavily engaged in working with partners to produce a Levels Flood Action Plan for Secretary of State for the Environment Owen Paterson MP. The plan aims to develop a sustainable future for the Somerset Levels and Moors.
The submission will comprise five topic areas, these are:
1. Dredging and River Management (Including the barrier/sluice)
2. Catchment Management
3. Infrastructure resilience including roads and sewage
4. Community and business resilience
5. Economic impact of flooding