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.
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.
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.
Membranes have been fitted for Somerset Rivers Authority near 39 water control structures at Moorlinch and Westmoor on the Somerset Levels. The membranes will - temporarily - stop vegetation growing and deter water voles, so the structures can be improved later this summer.
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.
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.
A new £2.76million programme of flood works across Somerset is approved by the Board of Somerset Rivers Authority. The SRA's council tax charge stays the same as it was in 2016.
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.
New gates across the Somerset Levels and Moors will be used during serious floods to close roads, keep motorists safe and avoid making unnecessary demands on firefighters and police.
On-site preparations start for the latest phase of works at Beer Wall on the A372 new Othery. Two new river channels are to be created, and two tilting weirs installed.