A new section of the River Parrett is to be dredged for Somerset Rivers Authority, to reduce flood risks to local people, properties, roads and land. Large quantities of silt will be removed from 1.37miles (2.2km) of the river between Moorland and the M5, to increase its capacity to carry flood water.
Three projects to reduce local flood risks and improve the environment have been carried out for Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) on the Somerset Levels. The works at Egypt’s Clyse on Othery Rhyne and on the Moorlinch and Westmoor Raised Water Level Areas are part of the SRA's overarching plan to enhance the River Sowy-King’s Sedgemoor Drain (KSD) system. Sowy-KSD works are being delivered for the SRA by the Environment Agency.
Farmers across Somerset made well over 100 bids in the county’s biggest auction yet for works to help stop flooding. The auction ran online in the second half of March. Somerset Rivers Authority, the Environment Agency and the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SouthWest offered farmers a choice of up to seven different methods of natural flood management. Bids are now being checked.
Bridgwater Tidal Barrier plans have reached a major milestone and people and organisations now have until 13 February 2020 to comment. The Barrier has been designed to help protect at least 11,300 properties and 1,500 businesses from climate change and future flood risks.
SRA support enables Somerset to take part in a new project that will help people adapt to the water-related effects of climate change - flood and drought.
A public consultation is being run until Saturday 3 August on proposals to dredge the River Parrett between Stathe and Burrowbridge. Dredging would increase the river's capacity to carry flood water, and so help the SRA to protect people and properties. Some environmental improvements are also planned.
A huge Somerset Rivers Authority study of drainage systems around new properties aims to help reduce flood risks and make places better to live.