We are seeking views on proposals for improving the water environment and protecting communities from flood risk. This follows on from our previous Challenges & Choices consultation that produced a broad range of views.
We would like your feedback to the draft updated river basin management plan and draft flood risk management plan. Once agreed, these plans will shape decisions, direct investment and action and deliver significant benefits to society and the environment.
To add some more colour and perspective to these plans I hope to produce some short videos in the coming weeks and months looking across Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Our focus is not on these plans being the finished article that can be put on a shelf and admired. They should be blueprints for making real progress in improving our environment and reducing flood risk.
The updated draft river basin management plan sets out long term objectives for the quality of the water environment. It identifies the ecological condition of rivers, lakes and coastal waters and the pressures on them. The plan provide evidence that will help those with an interest in the water environment to agree where improvements can be made.
The updated draft flood risk management plan for the Anglian river basin district describes the risk of flooding from rivers, the sea, surface water, groundwater and reservoirs. It sets out how the Environment Agency, local councils and water companies will work together, with communities, to manage flood risk.
- You can respond to the draft updated river basin management plan consultation at the following link where you’ll find summaries for all catchments: gov.uk/government/consultations/update-to-the-draft-river-basin-management-plans Catchment Summaries that provide the local context for your catchment will be available by the end of the month.
- You can respond to the draft flood risk management plan consultation at: gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-flood-risk-management-plans
The formal closing date for the draft flood risk management plan consultation is 31 January 2015, while the draft updated river basin management plan consultations will run for six months, ending on 10 April 2015.
The Environment Agency is also carrying out a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of each plan. The SEA identifies the significant effects that would be associated with implementing the draft plans. We also invite your views on how we propose to approach this task.
We welcome your comments online or in writing. If you would like to discuss the consultation or have any questions or concerns I would be pleased to hear from you via my About Me page.