Bradford district-wide review of Flood Risks

The Boxing Day floods of 2015 severely impacted parts of the Bradford district. In response, Bradford Council is coordinating a review of water management practices across the district.

Our Technical Director for Land Management, Steve Rose, and Lead in Hydroecology, Jon Whitmore, attended the second of two information gathering sessions chaired by Bradford Council. Councillors and Bradford Council technical staff, along with representatives from Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency, Calderdale Council, the Aire Rivers Trust and Friends of Bradford Beck attended and provided valuable information for the review.

Some of the key themes explored in the session included: surface water management and Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS); information sharing across water management authorities; asset management and works prioritisation; the value of natural flood management measures (NFM) in delivering broader environmental benefits whilst reducing flood risk.

Steve Rose was able to provide an update on the work JBA is undertaking with the Environment Agency on improving the evidence base of NFM projects and also in mapping NFM opportunities at a national scale. Steve also highlighted to the group the potential for using countryside stewardship funding to implement NFM measures.

We look forward to seeing the results of the review when published later this year.

Want to know more?

Contact Steve Rose or Jon Whitmore for more information.

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