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  • Private Sewer Transfer Day

    30th September 2011
    30th-Sept-2011 Tomorrow, 1st October 2011, the government will transfer ownership of most of the private sewers in England and Wales to the 10 water and sewerage companies, to form part of the public sewer network.   Background ...
  • National Planning Policy Framework could lead to more flooding

    29th September 2011
    The proposed National Planning Policy Framework will put communities at greater risk of flooding, says the National Flood Forum.  The new Framework replaces all existing national policies and guidance, including PPS25, the Planning ...
  • Consultation Sought over abstraction charge increase plans

    29th September 2011
    Following proposals, announced by the Environment Agency, to increase some abstraction licence charges by an average 10% per annum for the next three years, consultation is being sought. The consultation covers the charging proposals ...
  • Partnering to reduce flood risk in Keswick

    28th September 2011
    28-Sep-2011 The Environment Agency is working with United Utilities to minimise disruption to the local community in Keswick whilst both organisations carry out work to reduce flood risk to homes and businesses in the town. During October ...
  • Birds flock to restored coast at Llanelli

    28th September 2011
    Three newly-restored coastal lagoons at WWT National Wetland Centre Wales in Carmarthenshire, have attracted hundreds of waterbirds (see table) so far this autumn. In addition to the great numbers, some rarities such as great white egret ...
  • Renewable fuel from sewage!

    27th September 2011
    Thames Water has begun producing highly-combustible new renewable fuel that burns like wood chip in the form of sewage flakes, to generate electricity. The new fuel will save Thames water upto £300k a year and is are made by drying ...
  • Halcrow to be acquired by CH2M HILL

    27th September 2011
    26th-Sept-2011 Source: www.halcrow.com Today, Monday 26 September 2011, Halcrow group board announces that the business is to be acquired by the global engineering and construction firm, CH2M HILL. The two companies have entered ...
  • £7M sewer alleviation scheme

    27th September 2011
    26th-Sept-2011 Thames Water is due to start work is on a scheme to protect 36 homes, which over the past 5 years have experienced flooding from the sewer network. The work, costing £7M is expecting to take a year to complete, and includes ...
  • A more open Severn to benefit the Salmon

    27th September 2011
    23-Sep-2011 For the first time in more than a century salmon, trout and other fish have free access to the whole of the River Severn following an Environment Agency Wales project to open the final 15km stretch of the river. The project to create ...
  • Environment Agency put through paces in emergency exercise

    26th September 2011
    26-Sep-2011 Environment Agency officers will be tackling torrential rain and flooding across the North East in a scenario designed to test their emergency responses. Exercise NEEP will take place today (Monday 26 September), when the ...
  • Upgraded Automation keeps flood defences under control

    23rd September 2011
    23rd-Sept-2011 The Environment Agency, Wales, has started work on a £190k project to upgrade the automated control system which protects Llandudno Junction from flooding. It will take six weeks to replace the existing system ...
  • FADS on Facebook

    23rd September 2011
    The FADS Directory is now on the social networking site, Facebook. Please visit, and don't forget to acknowledge if you like the site
  • Emergency Flood Packs included.

    22nd September 2011
    A developer in Cambridgeshire is taking the unusual step of preparing potential buyers for the prospect of being flooded. Peter Humphrey Associates Ltd of Wisbech, are including an emergency flood risk kit including Wellington boots, a wind ...
  • Halcrow publishes ‘New Water Architecture’ white paper

    21st September 2011
    20th-Sept-2011 Halcrow has published a report outlining a new, innovative and integrated approach to water management in England and Wales. Developed by Michael Norton, global director of Halcrow’s urban water business and ...
  • Application for Cockermouth Flood Defence Improvements by year end

    14th September 2011
    14th-Sept-2011 Plans for £5.2 million worth of improvements to flood defences in Cockermouth should be submitted to Allerdale council by the end of the year. The Environment Agency said at a consultation event on Wednesday that ...
  • Self-draining asphalt on runways

    14th September 2011
    14th-Sept-2011 Costain is close to handing over a newly refurbished main runway at Manchester Airport, after using a new surfacing material for the first time on the UK mainland which is now attracting interest from other UK airports.  The ...
  • Help plan the future - join new flood and coastal committee

    13th September 2011
    12-Sep-2011 Would you like to have your say on local flood and coastal management plans? The Environment Agency has vacancies on its three Anglian Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCCs) and in the North East, the Northumbria Regional ...
  • Wetland Centre rescues weather-beaten Seabirds

    12th September 2011
    WARDENS at a nature reserve in Gloucestershire are keeping watch for injured seabirds after a number have been blown off course by the stormy weather  Staff at Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire have already rescued a gannet ...
  • Government confirms commitment to create new charity to protect Britain’s waterways

    12th September 2011
    12th-Sept-2011 Courtesy of DEFRA The Government response to a consultation on proposals to move British Waterways from a public corporation to a new charity has been published today. Following a positive response to the initial consultation ...
  • Campaigners highlight River Issues

    12th September 2011
    In response to the recent list of the ten most improved rivers in England and Wales, by the Environment Agency, there has been criticism aimed at the way in which rivers have been portrayed. Conservationists have said the report presents a ‘rosy ...
  • Flooding and water management on the agenda as MP's Debate EFRA Select Committee's Report

    12th September 2011
    12-Sept-2011 The recent report by the EFRA Select Committee, and the government’s response to it was debated, last Thursday, by MPs as they focused on future flood and water management legislation. Among those issues debated were, ...
  • £12.3M initiative for Algal bioenergy scheme

    8th September 2011
    8-Aug 2011 Lead by Swansea University, a major €14 million (approx £12.3 million) initiative, which will bring experts from across North West Europe together to develop the potential of algae as a source of sustainable energy. The ...
  • Tummel hydro scheme application resubmitted to SEPA

    8th September 2011
    8 September 2011 The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has received a resubmitted application from Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) to recommence the process of applying to vary their licence for the Tummel hydro electric ...
  • Flood Risk Reduction Targets - exceeded

    6th September 2011
    05-Sep-2011 Since the floods of 2007, 182,000 households in England are now better defended against flood risk – this exceeded the Environment Agencys target by some 37,000 homes according to a report published yesterday. The ...
  • FADS Site News - Visitor Stats now available

    5th September 2011
    5-Sept-2011 FADS visitor statistics are now available on the website. The reports show the  number of visitors to the site, the number that are new visitors, time spent on the site, the bounce rate and the top 100 pages visited. Monthly ...
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