Flooding: evidence to Select Committee
Posted on February 28, 2014
The Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee held a special hearing on 26 February 2014 on the flooding which has rocked parts of Britain this winter.
The RSPB’s Rob Cunningham and the Angling Trust’s Martin Salter answered questions from the committee on behalf of the Blueprint for Water coalition. They emphasised how land management practices, such as farming, should be modified to reduce the run off of soil and water and how floodwater needs to be better stored higher up the catchment to reduce the risk of flooding further downstream.
WTT supplied case studies, based on our work in the field, of apparently unconsented river dredging and the ecological harm and the displaced consequences of such works (e.g. downstream bank erosion). Some of these case studies also appeared in a report published by CIWEM — Floods and Dredging, a Reality Check (see the report here) — that suggested solely relying on dredging can even make some communities more vulnerable to the risk of flooding.
Other relevant news items regarding flooding and dredging on the WTT website: