Leaky Woody Dams – what are the differences and what works best?

As Slow The Flow Calderdale prepare for various interventions to Slow The Flow at Hardcastle Crags, the question of which type of Leaky Woody Dam (LWD) is coming under consideration.  The subject is complicated because we must ensure that the right schemes are put into place in the correct locations.  We are learning from the …

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Stroud Natural Flood Management Case Studies

Chris Uttley, Rural SuDS Project Officer at Stroud District Council  has published a series of six case studies that illustrate the natural flood management work being undertaking in the catchment of the Stroud River Frome in Gloucestershire.  They have worked with a wide range of farmers, private land owners, woodland owners and partners to install over 280 different …

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Results of research conducted on Plate Weirs installed in brooks on the Hebden Water catchment

Results of research conducted on Plate Weirs installed in brooks on the Hebden Water catchment – By Stuart Bradshaw from Slow The Flow Management Team. In January 2016 I wrote a blog and published it on LinkedIn entitled “Pound for pound could this simple weir save our uplands from future flooding”, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/pound-could-simple-weir-save-our-uplands-from-future-stuart-bradshaw, this pre-dates my …

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A personal account of a day in the life of a River Surveyor – Beate Kubitz

Since March 2016, our river surveyors have been surveying various rivers in the catchment in the Calder Valley.  As a result of all this very hard work, we have now completely surveyed the Hebden Water Catchment including at Nutclough, Crimsworth Dene and Hebden Water itself. Measurements have been taken every 20 metres on these stretches, …

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Are We Planning To Flood? – National Flood Forum Conference 2017

  ‘Are We Planning To Flood?’ Recently Slow The Flow: Calderdale attended The National Flood Forum Conference 2017. The conference was a very useful day, with a variety of delegates, including The Environment Agency,  The Water Authorities, Community Flood Groups, Academics, Politicians, Councils, Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA), Insurers, Construction Industry Professionals, and Reporters. Throughout …

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Water Table Monitoring – Autumn 2016

Written by Adrian West-Samuel from Moors for the Future Partnership. The team at the Moors for the Future Partnership (MFFP) undertakes a range of conservation works to reverse more than 200 years of damage caused by industrial pollution and wildfires that left large areas of the Peak District and South Pennine uplands bare of vegetation.  I …

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What role can Natural Flood Management play as part of a solution to the flooding problems in the Calder Valley?

Traditionally flood alleviation has been implemented by civil engineering using “hard” solutions such as higher river walls, levees and tunnelling. These still have a significant role to play in the battle with our elements; however, we may be coming to a point where these traditional methods of controlling the path of flood water are no …

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New swale on Tipside in Todmorden

One of our ‘Source’ partners, Penny Bennett, has written about swale being used on Tipside in Todmorden.  For more information on our partners at the ‘SOURCE’, please see this LINK. TRIG ( Tomorden Riverside Improvement Group) have been working on Tipside in Todmorden to protect and manage a biodiverse area of open space in the …

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Now over 1,500 photos on the river survey map!

Our dedicated volunteers have been working hard to collect the data that informs our work, researching the best places to implement Natural Flood Management (NFM) solutions in the upper Calder Valley.  Over the last 9 months, they have spent an estimated 1000 hours collecting data at a staggering 1,500 locations along the Calder catchment’s watercourses, …

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