Angling Trust: Dredging is not the panacea The Angling Trust is warning politicians not to repeat the mistakes of the past in their rush to make political capital out of the government’s response to the recent floods. Calls are growing to ignore the science and recommence wholesale river dredging as a quick fix. In fact, widespread dredging could make flooding in some communities worse in future – not better – according to the report published by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) at the time of the severe flooding in 2014. Report can be found HERE
A Flood Risk Communities Charter was launched on the 5th November, in the Houses of Parliament at an event sponsored by Rachael Maskell MP and supported by Flood Re. It sets out the priorities that communities across the country feel need to be addressed as a matter of urgency. Paul Cobbing, Chief Executive of the National Flood Forum said, “Recent flooding of hundreds of homes has emphasised yet again how flooding wrecks people’s lives. We know that climate change is likely to put many more families and businesses at risk. Acting now is essential.