River Parrett maintenance dredging from floating platform with hopper barge and hills in background for mediaSomerset Rivers Authority is to mark the successful completion of 2.2km of maintenance dredging along the River Parrett – by following on with 750 metres of new dredging. The Parrett Internal Drainage Board and the Environment Agency have worked as SRA partners to make sure that dredging continues as efficiently as possible, with only a break for Easter and site and compound handovers. Full story: Read more

Informed comment on the flooding on the Somerset levels

Somerset Levels FloodingIt is all very well for Chris Smith, Chairman of the Environment Agency, to prattle on about “difficult choices”, and to tell us that “more must be done to protect the Somerset Levels”. But the flooding crisis over which he is presiding is one which he, at the behest of the EU, has deliberately allowed to happen. Allowing the flooding of the Levels was a matter of EU policy, introduced by a 2007 Directive and consciously adopted by the Environment Agency in 2008, which then sought to increase the frequency of flooding in the area. Full Story: Read More