Friday, 24 April 2015

Protection from Flooding

New guide aims to protect communities from flooding

A free, practical guide to help rural communities protect themselves from flooding has been launched by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).

The Community Guide to Your Water Environment has been produced in partnership with FWAG (Farming Wildlife Advisory Group), the NFU (National Farmers Union) and the CCRI (Countryside and Community Research Institute).

Supported by Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) and the Catchment Based Approach, the ACRE guide aims to help communities understand the importance of water in their local area – and especially the impact of extreme weather.

It offers guidance on how communities can work with everyone from farmers and the Environment Agency to local authorities and drainage boards to reduce the risks of flooding and drought through a simple process called integrated local delivery.

It also explains how to protect water quality and biodiversity by taking action locally. It features a step-by-step guide to developing a community project to manage your water, details of resources that will help you, and case studies of communities who have got stuck in to care for water environments across England.