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Spalding area farmer Roger Welberry: We must not leave rural communities unprotected from floods




Rain, rain, rain. As the Eurythmics sing: “Here comes to rain again. Falling on my head like a tragedy. Tearing me apart like a new emotion”.

And like Baldrick in Blackadder, we have a cunning plan.

The Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA) , has distributed a seven-point plan to Government seeking to ensure MPs in lowland constituencies are fully briefed.

Flooding in Bottesford.(29427812)
Flooding in Bottesford.(29427812)

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To compliment that, there are four key policy revisions:

1. We must not leave rural communities, farms and villages undefended;

2. We must have Government policy and funding that supports the efficient conveyance of water and resilient embankments in lowland water courses;

3. We need to enable and encourage the controlled storage of water on farmland;

4. Measures must be part of a total catchment approach to flood resilience.

In the future, modern technology will help pinpoint critical areas.

The Dutch drainage board has developed a programme from satellite imagery that highlights these areas - that saves a huge amount of manpower from men on the ground.

Still on the subject of water there has been a project called Redeem standing for research and develop fish and eel entrainment mitigation.

The main aim is to understand fish and eel behaviour to assess the effectiveness of existing technology and develop innovative approaches for mini missing eel restrictions at pumping stations.

The European eel (Anguilla Anguilla ) is critically endangered. There must be better ways not to restrict the passage of eels particularly the adult silver eels during their downstream spawning migration.

Hopefully the findings from Redeem will help the vital challenge for the survival and future of the eel.


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