New technology has helped flood modelling ?

Traditionally models have used gauging information from gauging stations managed by the Environment Agency. New technology is increasingly being applied. LiDAR ( Light Detection and Ranging) derived from satellites is particularly useful to derive Digital Elevation Models [ DEM] coupled with GIS ( Geographical Information System) they can be used for to test flood models. …

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Calderdale Catchment Plan and its development. The latest workshop held on Saturday 2nd July

We’d like to keep you up to date with the Calderdale Catchment Plan and its development. The latest workshop held on Saturday 2nd July in Halifax focusing on Governance arrangements. Please find attached the notes written up from the work on the day that will directly inform how the Catchment Plan process is run and provide …

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On Saturday 16 July, another workshop is planned to focus on traditional flood defences

Following the first catchment plan workshop on the 18 June and a second group exercise on the 2 July which defined the governance arrangements for the Calderdale Catchment Partnership, a further series of workshops have now been organised to identify issues and related actions that will be included in the initial catchment plan. The workshop …

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Helping ourselves, how a miniature flood alleviation scheme helps protect a local community

You may well think to yourself, “What can I do to help”, and “The Government should sort this out”. The answer to questions or statements like this is “a little contribution can amount to a lot if everybody did it” and of course the government has to prioritise.  Larger Metropolitan areas will get priority over …

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Calderdale Catchment Plan, Planning Workshop, 18.6.16, Halifax

We’d like to keep you up to date with the Calderdale Catchment Plan planning process after the planning workshop that took place on Saturday 18th June in Halifax. We felt it was a really constructive meeting with important discussions taking place. On ‘slowtheflo’ you will find the notes written up from the work on the …

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Engineered Leaky Woody Dams (WeLD’s) on Rock Stream Beds

Leaky Woody Dams have been used successfully at Pickering and elsewhere to successfully attenuate the flow of water down the stream and river network.  These dams were constructed by spanning logs above and across the stream bed and securing them in the banks with stakes or by using existing trees.  To install successful LWD’s here …

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Part 2. Engineered Leaky Woody Dams (WeLD’s) on Soft Soil Stream Beds

Leaky Woody Dams have been used successfully at Pickering and elsewhere to successfully attenuate the flow of water down the stream and river network.  These dams were constructed by spanning logs above and across the stream bed and securing them in the banks with stakes or by using existing trees.  To install successful LWD’s here …

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Flooding – we can’t build ever-higher walls!

The householder stoically pointed to the level, on her living room wall, of this year’s floods – just above head height. Then she indicated the then record flooding level in 2005 – around waist height. Things are clearly getting worse, and the effects of climate change are living up to the predictions that scientists have …

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Flooding report released 08/06/2016 criticises government’s ‘reactive rather than proactive’ approach to flood prevention

“Despite sustainable urban drainage systems being widely acknowledged to be an efficient way of dealing with surface water, successive governments have been reluctant to mandate them as the default option in new developments.  We are disappointed that the Government has kicked this into the long grass by commissioning another review. This is an issue that …

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2B ‘do’ Dutch water management…

2B are lucky enough to know an eminent Dutch sustainable water management expert, who also arranges professional tours of projects. Bill had met Marnix de Vriend a couple of years ago at a conference on water management in Hull, so when we went over for the Floriade we emailed him to ask for ideas of interesting places …

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