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  • Joanne Segars appointed to EA board

    1st March 2017
    Joanne Segars OBE has been appointed to the board of the Environment Agency by Environment Secretary, Andrea Leadsom.   The appointment will take effect from 1 March 2017 for three years.   Joanne is the Chief Executive ...
  • Flood protection options being presented to Yate and Chipping Sodbury

    24th February 2017
    Residents will learn more about different ways to protect their homes at a drop-in event at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.     The Environment Agency is holding a public consultation in Chipping Sodbury to explain how ...
  • Green light for North Tyneside sea defence scheme

    23rd February 2017
    A revised scheme to strengthen and safeguard sea defences – which has saved more than £1m of public money - has been given the go-ahead.   North Tyneside Council’s Planning Committee has approved proposals for ...
  • Shoreham flood scheme enters next phase

    22nd February 2017
    Over 2,000 properties in Shoreham and East Lancing will have a significantly reduced flood risk thanks to a new flood defence scheme   A major flood defence scheme that will significantly reduce flood risk to over 2,300 properties ...
  • South West Water fined £205k for sewage pollution near shellfish beds

    21st February 2017
    South West Water has been ordered to pay £205,000 in fines and costs for discharging sewage into the Fal estuary in Cornwall. The case was brought by the Environment Agency.   On 26 August 2013 untreated sewage overflowed from ...
  • New study in Ireland finds significant benefits of natural land management ignored

    15th February 2017
    Dredging alone will not contain flood risk   A new study, commissioned by Friends of the Earth, has found that natural land management techniques can significantly reduce flood risk but are being ignored by Irish policy-makers, ...
  • £3.8m Rugeley Flood Risk Management Scheme well under way

    14th February 2017
    The Environment Agency’s Rugeley Flood Risk Management Scheme that began in December is progressing well. Preparations for the construction of the embankment have now started.   During a flood, the embankment will hold ...
  • Restoring fifty hectares of rare and threatened habitats in Doncaster to benefit all

    14th February 2017
    Almost 50 hectares of nationally-important habitat is being restored in Doncaster as part of an Environment Agency-led project benefiting communities and wildlife.   The work across seven woodland areas, including two Sites ...
  • Work begins on major £18 million Newhaven flood defence project

    8th February 2017
    The Environment Agency has begun work on a scheme that will reduce flood risk to over 800 homes and businesses and vital infrastructure.   Construction work on the Newhaven flood alleviation scheme started on 3 January 2017, after ...
  • New fish passes open up 22km of watercourse

    8th February 2017
    Two new fish passes on a Northumberland stream are giving salmon and sea trout easier access to 22km of watercourse.   The work by the Environment Agency and Northumberland Rivers Trust at South Low, in north Northumberland near Berwick, ...
  • Milestone reached for £58m Ipswich Flood Barrier scheme

    6th February 2017
    The latest stage of the Environment Agency’s £58million Ipswich Flood Barrier Scheme has been completed.   The cofferdam, which is a structure that can be pumped dry to enable construction of the barrier to take place ...
  • Launch of £4m Selly Park North and Selly Oak flood scheme

    3rd February 2017
    Yesterday (Thursday 2 February), the Environment Agency and Calthorpe Estates carried out a sod cutting ceremony which marked the launch of the Selly Park North and Selly Oak Flood Risk Management Scheme.   The ceremony was performed ...
  • Environmental charities receive over £1.5 million from businesses which broke environmental laws

    3rd February 2017
    harities will receive more than £1.5 million for projects benefitting wildlife and the environment as a result of enforcement action by the Environment Agency, it was announced today.   Companies which broke environmental ...
  • New houses increase flood risk to existing homes

    2nd February 2017
    eople’s homes will be at greater risk from flooding by 2020 because new homes will overwhelm existing drains, according to the biggest ever survey of relevant building and flooding professionals.   The Government is planning ...
  • Horncastle reservoir ready to reduce flood risk

    20th January 2017
    The Horncastle flood alleviation reservoir will reduce risk to 169 properties.   The long-awaited Horncastle flood storage reservoir can now be used to reduce flood risk to hundreds of local homes and businesses.   Although ...
  • Project aims to improve river health

    19th January 2017
    A new project which uses natural features to capture silt run-off is aiming to improve the health of a north east river catchment.   The Northumbria Rural Diffuse Pollution Prevention Partnership (NRDPP) started in 2014, focusing ...
  • Construction due to start on £14m Dawlish beach management scheme

    18th January 2017
    esidents and interested parties are invited to find out more about the construction of a scheme aimed at reducing the risk of flooding to over 2,900 properties around the River Exe.   The £14 million Dawlish beach management ...
  • Latest edition of Managing Water Magazine is now live

    14th January 2017
    The Winter edition of Managing Water Magazine is now out.   Click to view     Contents   FLOOD RISK MPs demand overhaul of Environment Agency flood role UK Winter 2015/2016 floods:One of the century’s ...
  • EA warns of possible Flooding along the east coast

    13th January 2017
    Communities along the east coast of England are warned to be prepared for large waves and possible flooding throughout Friday into Saturday morning. Counties particularly at risk include Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.   Gale ...
  • Exercise tests new temporary flood defences in the West Midlands

    12th January 2017
    Today (Wednesday 11 January 2017), Environment Agency teams from across the West Midlands have been training with new equipment as part of an exercise to practice their emergency response.   The exercise, which involved staff from ...
  • SuDS survey finds that Uncertainty About Maintenance is Presenting Barriers to SuDS Adoption

    20th December 2016
    LACK of a clear framework for the maintenance and performance of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) is seen by professionals as a key barrier to effective delivery and adoption, a national survey has found. The results of the research, ...
  • Army and Environment Agency prepare for flood response

    16th December 2016
    Wiltshire-based troops have carried out a ‘winter ready’ training day with the Environment Agency in a bid to provide even more flood support for vulnerable communities across the Thames region.   Military personnel ...
  • Flood information centre officially opens in Kirkstall

    14th December 2016
    The Team Kirkstall Regeneration Hub in Leeds provides flood information and advice to homeowners and businesses at risk of flooding.   A public flood information centre has opened in the Kirkstall area of Leeds to provide flood information ...
  • UK Winter 2015/2016 floods: One of the century’s most extreme and severe flood episodes

    7th December 2016
    A new scientific review of the winter floods of 2015/2016 confirms that the event was one of the most extreme and severe hydrological events of the last century.   The new hydrological appraisal - ‘The Winter Floods of 2015/2016 ...
  • England’s flood strategy failing, says new study

    28th November 2016
    New approach urgently needed from government to protect communities and stop costs spiralling   Public spending on flood risk in England is skewed towards dealing with the after effects of floods, rather than on preventing them, ...
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