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Upstream Management- River and Floodplain Restoration

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River and floodplain restoration aims to improve the ability of a river to manage floodwater, through techniques such as river re-meandering, floodplain re-connection and bank stabilisation. The Eddleston Water Project aims to reduce flood risk for the communities of Eddleston and Peebles in Scotland using upstream management techniques.

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Upstream Management - Flood Storage

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Natural flood management techniques such as floodwater storage aim to reduce the peak flood flows downstream, which can potentially alleviate flood risk. The Castle Irwell Urban Wetland project in Salford is one example of how flood storage can be used to better protect communities and businesses from flooding.

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For peats sake! The importance of Peatland in managing flood risk

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Although relatively unknown, Peatlands make up 12% of the UK’s land mass and are a massively important and unique ecosystem due to the role they play in maintaining biodiversity, carbon storage and flood risk management. Find out more about why they are so important and what you can do to help save the UK's Peatlands in our blog

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Summer Flash Floods

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Throughout summer, warm, dry weather conditions means that flooding is sometimes far from peoples minds, however being prepared is still just as important.

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Upstream Management - Instream Structures

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Instream structures such as woody dams aim to slow the flow of the rivers channel by creating a permeable space allowing enough water through yet reducing the amount of water in the stream during high flows. The Stroud Rural Sustainable Drainage (RSuDS) project in Gloucester is one example of how upstream management techniques have been used to protect a community against future flood risk.

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Upstream Management- Agricultural Land Management

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Agricultural land management aims to reduce runoff from farmland by increasing the capacity of the land to store water through increasing infiltration and improving soil structure. The Slow The Flow project in Pickering is just one example of how agricultural land management is being used.

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Are beavers Britain's best water engineers?

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After being hunted to extinction beavers are making a comeback in Britain thanks to the potential environmental benefits they offer, two studies at opposite ends of the country have shown benefits for; soil erosion, biodiversity, water pollution and flood risk management. Read our blog to find out more.

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