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.
Remains from the lost 16th century hamlet of Tappingweir were uncovered as part of dredging works carried out along the River Parrett. People there led humble lives in centuries gone by, with inferior pots from West and South Somerset.
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 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.
Trials of different dredging methods on the River Parrett produced promising initial results for Somerset Rivers Authority. Evidence so far suggests that work done at the right times, in the right places, could be much cheaper, more effective, and better for the environment, local residents and farmers.
New techniques for dredging the River Parrett are tried out, as Somerset Rivers Authority seeks cheaper and better ways of maintaining tidal rivers.
The lorries have left, the grass has been seeded, and two ring bank flood protection schemes for the village of Thorney on the Somerset Levels are complete.
Work has begun on a new ring bank for Thorney on the Somerset Levels, a hamlet badly hit by the floods of winter 2013-14.