Two rivers are being made bigger this autumn to help reduce flood risks across 150 square miles of the Somerset Levels and Moors. The River Sowy-King’s Sedgemoor Drain Enhancements Scheme (Phase One) is being delivered for Somerset Rivers Authority by the Environment Agency. The scheme is being partly funded by Growth Deal money from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, as part of a wide-ranging programme of works spread over several years costing £7.2 million.
The Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) Annual Report 2020-21 covers dozens of activities funded by the SRA between the start of April 2020 and the end of March 2021. During that time, the SRA spent £3.344million on extra flood protection and resilience works across Somerset.
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.
A milestone has been reached with the River Sowy-King's Sedgemoor Drain (KSD) Enhancements Scheme, which is being delivered for Somerset Rivers Authority by the Environment Agency. The Environmental Statement for this scheme's first phase is out now for consultation until 13 September.
A Wessex Water scheme to protect homes in Highbridge from some very unpleasant flooding is backed by Somerset Rivers Authority and Somerset County Council.
Three drop-in sessions about River Sowy and King's Sedgemoor Drain enhancements are being held on the 17th, 18th and 19th of February. The events at Westonzoyland, Othery and Aller will give you chance to learn and ask questions about major SRA works to reduce flood risks coming up in the second half of 2020.
Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report 2018-19 shows people what Somerset Rivers Authority has been doing to give Somerset greater flood protection and resilience. The report comes in two versions. One is more detailed than the other. Both are clear, wide-ranging and colourful.
A public consultation about proposals to dredge the River Parrett between Stathe and Burrowbridge continues until Saturday, 1 June. This dredge is important because it would supplement other dredges of the Parrett and Tone since 2014 and tie in with other projects, such as enhancing the River Sowy and King’s Sedgemoor Drain.
Two sites along King’s Sedgemoor Drain are being dredged for Somerset Rivers Authority, as part of a programme to reduce flood risks across 150 square miles.
Pioneering work to slow the flow of water from the Quantock Hills down to the Somerset Levels is being funded by Somerset Rivers Authority. The project is partly a reaction to three unusually intense, localised storms that washed away around 1,200 tonnes of soil and gravel.