• KWVR at Haworth

  • Rodley Nature Reserve Fish Pass

    Rodley Nature Reserve Fish Pass

  • Green Ripples

  • Castleford Millenium Bridge

  • River Aire at Ferrybridge

  • Malham Cove

  • Saltaire

Flood Risk Management Strategy

Today Emma Howard Boyd, Environment Agency Chair, will be launching the start of the consultation on the draft national flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy for England. The draft strategy marks the culmination of engagement with over 90 organisations. The Secretary of State for Defra in his climate change speech last year recognised that we need to “explore new philosophies around flood and coast management”.

The draft strategy begins that process. The consultation is an opportunity to hear your views on those new philosophies and the level of ambition within the draft strategy.

The draft strategy sets out a vision for “a nation ready for, and resilient to, flooding and coastal change – today, tomorrow and to the year 2100.” It has three ambitions:

  • Climate resilient places;
  • Today’s growth and infrastructure to be resilient in tomorrow’s climate; and
  • A nation of climate champions, able to adapt to flooding and coastal change through innovation.

The consultation runs from today 9th May for eight weeks until the 4th July and can be found here.

Nature Connectedness

Many Rivers Trusts offer public engagement activities. This is partly in recognition of the need to involve local people in conservation, for reasons of sustainability, support and equity. It has always been assumed that the more, better contact, the more likely positive outcomes will result. Recent research is showing what ‘better’ means, in terms of… Continue Reading

Organisational politics in a rivers trust

“Politics are rife in our organisation” or “There are no politics where we work” . The truth typically lies somewhere in-between. In my last blog, I said I would write another about the role of office politics in our organisations. With all the hassle we see at national level with Politics, you might well ask… Continue Reading

Implementing the Eels Regulations

The Environment Agency have just circulated briefing note describing how they are going about implementing the 2009 (YES!) Eels Regulations. You can access it by clicking on the photo. We know no more than is in this briefing, but see that there is an EA contact listed at the bottom of the briefing. Enjoy! Continue Reading

Leadership in a Rivers Trust

Some readers may be aware that as well as being Chairman of The Aire Rivers Trust, I am also a specialist in organisational/personal development and leadership (that’s what earned me money for 30 years and what still contributes to the bank account). So I read this article from Harvard Business Review with increasing recognition of… Continue Reading

INNS along the Aire

Every year, around now, our thoughts turn to how we are going to deal with the problem of invasive species in our rivers. We have been campaigning and acting for years on this topic, most especially in connection with the nasty Giant Hogweed. Other species pose a threat to wildlife, property of flood risk but… Continue Reading

Sometimes the cost is too high – refusing a grant

I have just done something rather unusual for a charity. I have turned down the offer of a £23,766 grant. Why would I do that? Firstly because the grant awarding body was not prepared to pay the cost of the work required. Secondly because they would not contribute to our corporate overheads (Full Cost Recovery).… Continue Reading

Mitigating the impact of riverside works by the Environment Agency

Mitigating the impact of riverside works by the Environment Agency

Sometimes it is necessary for the Environment Agency to do works along our riverbanks to reduce the risk of future flooding. These can include removing poorly rooted trees (so they do not subsequently wash downriver and block bridges), removing vegetation from flood banks (to enable proper maintenance and to reduce the potential for breaching the… Continue Reading

Telegraph and Argus “Gannett Award” to ART

CHEQUES totalling almost £30,000 have been handed over to four charities in the district from the Telegraph & Argus’s charitable arm. The Gannett Foundation, operated by the T&A’s US parent company Gannett, invited deserving candidates to apply for a grant to help provide services in the district. A number of local organisations applied and four… Continue Reading

Is the Environment Agency fit for purpose?

According to Unearthed, possibly not. According to the Environment Agency, yes. According to me, well read on and see…in particular I want to comment on the Unearthed article which, while having a core of truth is guilty of misrepresentation in places. Staff reductions Let’s start with the gross misrepresentation of “nearly 1,000 EA staff –… Continue Reading