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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After the flood : The National Flood Resilience Review

Extreme flood events have been etched into the public consciousness since the Book of Genesis and stories of Noah. These dramatic events  have impacted communities and their legacy across the generations. The River Calder has a very long history of notable floods: 1615, 1673, 1722, 1775, 1866, 1891, 1901, 1920, 1935, 1938, 1944, 1945, 1946, …

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Sphagnum on Walshaw Moor Study

Summary Short Study: “A modelling study and investigation into how annual burning on the Walshaw Moor estate may affect high river flows in Hebden Bridge.” Date: first delivered 24th June, 2016; this version, amended and partly extended, delivered 21st July, 2016. Author: Dr Nicholas A. Odoni, Honorary Fellow, Department of Geography, Durham University For (research …

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A Natural Flood Management Pilot Project at Hebden Water and Crimsworth Dean Beck, Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

Further to our meeting on Friday 22nd July 2016 concerning the above matter where I undertook to combine the separate reports for Hebden Water and Crimsworth Dean Beck, herewith please find the report attached with links to photographs and the Google Earth files embedded within both of the attached files. I have included costs for …

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Helping Ourselves (Part 2); The importance of river surveys and a pilot project for Hardcastle Crags

Slow The Flow have applied via Source Partnership for a grant from the Environment Agency to install small structures at up to sixty identified sites in watercourses in Hardcastle Crags. Our engineers have been out looking at the rivers and the surrounding banks to determine the best places to install interventions in the Crags, National Trust …

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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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