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  • Flood-hit village finally celebrates

    2nd September 2011
    After two decades of campaigning inhabitants of Kempsey, Worcestershire, are finally celebrating the start of work on flood defences for the village.
The defences are designed to prevent a repeat of the devastating July 2007 floods, which ...
  • River and Coastal Engineering Foundation Degree

    2nd September 2011
    2-Sept-2011 The River and Coastal Engineering Foundation Degree, (FdSc) was co-created by the The University of the West of England and the Environment Agency, to equip students with skills, knowledge and understanding that are ...
  • £100M renewable energy fund for farmers

    31st August 2011
    Barclays has launched a £100 million fund for farmers investing in renewable energy, seeking to cut energy bills and generate new income. Over a third (37 per cent) of the UK’s 200,000 farmers are expecting to invest in renewable ...
  • The 10 most-improved rivers in England and Wales

    30th August 2011
    30th Aug 2011 The list, published by the Environment Agency, includes one river previously classified as "biologically dead" and another as "a sewer". The first being the River Thames, in the 1950s and the second, the River Wandle, in the ...
  • A Partnership approach to improve wetlands

    25th August 2011
    25 Aug 2011 The Environment Agency Wales has developed a new initiative working with nine local authorities and other local partners to improve wetlands across south east Wales. Sites for key wetland habitats including ponds, wet woodland ...
  • Launch of consultation on abolition of Inland Waterways Advisory Council

    24th August 2011
    24th Aug 2011 - DEFRA A consultation on the proposal to abolish the Inland Waterways Advisory Council (IWAC) has been launched today by Defra. The Government announced the intention to abolish IWAC in July last year as part of the Arms Length ...
  • Work to start on the Kempsey flood barrier

    24th August 2011
    24th Aug 2011 Work on the Kempsey flood barrier and eel-friendly pumping stations is to start within days after Malvern Hills planners gave the go-ahead for the Environment Agency to start building. It comes more than 18 months after funding ...
  • Britons face insurance ‘crisis’ as UK trims flood defence

    24th August 2011
    Ed Ballard, Bloomberg: Direct Line and Aviva Plc (AV/) are among British insurers threatening to tear up an agreement with the government that commits them to cover high-risk properties, even after claims rose threefold to 4.5 billion ...
  • Otters are Back

    19th August 2011
    18-Aug-2011 The sighting of two otters in Kent has delighted conservationists, who once feared that the iconic mammal could be lost from England’s waterways forever. A country-wide wildlife survey published ...
  • GIS Award for the Rivers Agency

    16th August 2011
    15th Aug 2011 The Rivers Agency (NI) picked up a Special Achievement Award at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) User Conference in San Diego, California, for its Strategic Flood Map for Northern Ireland. David Porter, ...
  • Drought brings a new challenge in weed removal

    9th August 2011
    08-Aug-2011 Environment Agency teams are continuing to remove weed from rivers to reduce flood risk and improve habitats for wildlife despite the challenges posed by the ongoing drought. This essential work, part of a maintenance program ...
  • Flood Forum publishes strategy to 2015

    5th August 2011
    The National Flood Forum was established to advise and support communities and individuals that flood or are at flood risk.  To raise awareness of the plight of flood victims that experience flooding.  To encourage the establishment of ...
  • £10m Flood Defence works begin at Felixstowe

    5th August 2011
    After the scheme was initially approved in June 2010, the local council were then told in January this year, that the funding would no longer be available. After a campaign by the local council and local Conservative MP Therese Coffey, arguing ...
  • Flood Protection work to protect wildlife at RSPB Minsmere

    4th August 2011
    03-Aug-2011 RSPB Minsmere is home to internationally important flora and fauna including bitterns, avocets and marsh sow-thistle. Work is starting, this month, to continue protection from flooding, by raising and ...
  • Silt clearance reduces the flood risk at Hessle Haven

    4th August 2011
    04-Aug-2011 The Environment Agency is investing £120,000 in silt clearance work to reduce flood risk to West Hull and protect areas of Hessle, Anlaby and Kirkella. Silt is being cleared from a culvert and an estuary outfall.  The ...
  • Opening of the Thacka Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme, Penrith

    29th July 2011
    28-Jul-2011 More than 260 homes and 115 businesses in Penrith now benefit from improved flood protection. On Friday 5 August 2011, the Environment Agency is officially opening its 5.6 million pound flood alleviation scheme which reduces ...
  • Welney Wetlands - home to Iclandic Cygnets

    28th July 2011
      A very rare sight in the UK: Julietta, an Icelandic whooper swan and her cygnets on the wetlands at WWT Welney A tragic swan romance has taken a happy turn as a pair of Icelandic whooper swans, hampered by injury, has hatched a healthy ...
  • 4th phase of implementation of the Flood & Water Management Act 2010

    21st July 2011
    19th July 2011 A fourth phase of implementation of the Flood & Water Management Act 2010 took place (England only) which brings in new powers and duties on national and local strategies and reporting on flood and coastal erosion risk management, ...
  • Environment Secretary meets insurers to discuss flood insurance

    21st July 2011
    20th July 2011 Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman met with insurance providers, community groups and other partners yesterday for further discussions on managing flood risks and ensuring flood insurance remains widely available ...
  • Met Office becomes part of the BIS

    19th July 2011
    18 July 2011 - The Prime Minister announced today that responsibility for the Met Office, along with the Land Registry and Ordnance Survey will pass to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). John Hirst, Met Office Chief ...
  • Flood Defence Products for the residents of Great Ayton

    19th July 2011
    18-Jul-2011 The Environment Agency has given £66,000 to Great Ayton parish council, to help install flood protection products to up to 50 properties which have previously flooded. The parish council will then provide two thirds ...
  • £4 million proposed tidal defence scheme for Teignmouth

    13th July 2011
    12-Jul-2011 The Environment Agency is offering people in Teignmouth the chance to view and provide feedback on the planning application for their tidal defence scheme at Back Beach, Teignmouth. Sublect to apprvals the work is scheduled ...
  • Farmers and water companies urged to act now in response to drought

    12th July 2011
    12-Jul-2011 Action should be taken now to protect water supplies for business, agriculture, the environment and people - thereby minimising the risk of water restrictions in the future, says a new report from the Environment Agency. It ...
  • Wetland loss threatens wildlife and people, leading conservationists warn

    5th July 2011
    More wetlands need to be created across the UK to safeguard wildlife and human health and prosperity, according to leading experts. Nearly one hundred of the country’s top wetland conservation scientists met last week to discuss ...
  • Some areas remain in drought

    5th July 2011
    Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, parts of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, and western Norfolk remain in drought. Anglian Water and Cambridge Water who provide public water supply in this area have said that there is no threat to the public ...
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