• KWVR at Haworth

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    Rodley Nature Reserve Fish Pass

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  • Castleford Millenium Bridge

  • River Aire at Ferrybridge

  • Malham Cove

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A Place for SUDS

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) are much talked about these days, but  what are they and what is the point of them?

Sustainable drainage mimics natural processes and reduces flooding by managing rainfall close to its source and wherever possible at, or near the surface. By building in permeable paving, channels, green roofs, swales, soakaways or ponds, sustainable drainage becomes a “city circulatory system”, slowing, storing and treating water that could cause damage. Well-designed SuDS should incorporate the four elements of water quantity, water quality, amenity and biodiversity wherever possible. They are fundamentally a way of slowing and reducing surface runoff in order to reduce flood risk, whilst at the same time improving the look of the urban environment.

Now CIWEM (Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) recently published a very well-researched and informative study on the subject which supports their wider implementation:

Incorporating SuDS into developments can maintain local water balances and treat water pollution, whilst also supporting wildlife and delivering attractive community spaces


It’s well worth a read, so here’s a link to a copy for you to download.

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Legal challenge to river basin planning

The river basin planning process is to be subject to a Judicial Review, threatening the forthcoming publication of the EA’s River Basin Management Plans. None of the sites referred to are in our catchments, although a couple are in Yorkshire and the action has no immediate impact for ourselves, however it might increase pressure on… Continue Reading

Environmental Conservation Apprenticeships

A fabulous opportunity to gain a Level 2 qualification as an Environmental Conservation Apprentice has just opened up. These are available throughout Yorkshire. Futureworks (Yorkshire) are working together with the Environment Agency and Bishop Burton College to offer opportunities for individuals to work towards a L2 Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship Details are in the attached Environmental… Continue Reading