Somerset residents are invited to the first Somerset Water Forum, for a day of presentations and discussions about water-related issues in Somerset.
This free event is being held on Friday 17 June at the Junction 24 Conference Centre in North Petherton, not far from Junction 24 of the M5. Doors open at 9.30am for a 10am start, finishing by 4pm.
The first speaker will be Rebecca Pow, MP for Taunton Deane, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Ms Pow’s responsibilities include floods and water, the domestic natural environment, the Environment Agency and Natural England.
Other speakers are scheduled to appear from Somerset Rivers Authority, the Met Office, the Environment Agency, the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SouthWest (FWAG SW), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Natural England, Plymouth University, Wessex Water, the National Trust and Somerset’s Local Nature Partnership. A few other bodies such as Somerset Wildlife Trust and EDF are also keen to come along with information stands and posters.
Subjects will include flooding, climate change, farming, water quality and phosphates, ways of working with nature and lowland peat restoration. A strong focus will be on what’s different about Somerset’s approach to various issues.
Free refreshments and a free buffet lunch will be provided.
Tickets can be booked through the FWAG SW website: https://www.fwagsw.org.uk/Event/somerset-water-forum-2022
Somerset Water Forum is being organised by Somerset Catchment Partnership, which is hosted by FWAG SW. Somerset Rivers Authority is part-funding the event.