of dredging the River Parrett is completed
latest dredging work on the River Parrett has been successfully
completed over the past week.
have spent three months removing 13,000 cubic metres of material
from a 750m stretch of the Parrett between Northmoor Pumping Station
and Linden Farm.
work was funded and commissioned by the Somerset Rivers Authority
(SRA) and carried out by the Environment Agency and its contractors
Land and Water and Black and Veitch. The dredging is designed to
improve flows in the river and help reduce local flood risk.
follows earlier phase one dredging work, in 2014, when the Environment
Agency removed 130,000 cubic metres of material from an 8 km stretch
of the Rivers Tone and Parrett around Burrowbridge. This was completed
in October 2014.
excess of 20,000 cubic metres of material was removed by the Internal
Drainage Board in early 2016 as part of maintenance work of the
phase one dredge.
This latest dredging was partly funded by the Heart of the Southwest
Local Enterprise Partnership.
delighted that another important piece of work to reduce flood risk
in the county has been completed, said John Osman, Chair of
the Somerset Rivers Authority.
work of the SRA is tackling the flood issue in lots of different
ways, from land management to improving drainage, and dredging is
an important part of the picture.
one can promise to stop flooding, but everything that the SRA is
doing reduces the likelihood and impact of any future flooding.
like this inevitably cause some disruption and Id like to
thank local residents for their patience and cooperation over the
last three months.
will be removing dredging equipment and excavated spoil, currently
stored in fields, will be spread on surrounding farmland over the
are 11 partner organisations in the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA)
and their existing responsibilities and accountabilities will continue.
are: Environment Agency, Mendip District Council, Natural England,
Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, South Somerset
District Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, The Axe/Brue Internal
Drainage Boards, The Parrett Internal Drainage Board, Wessex Regional
Flood and Coastal Committee and West Somerset Council.
the SRA their work will become fully co-ordinated to ensure Somersets
flood risk management benefits from their collective experience