Belford Catchment Proactive Flood Solutions: A toolkit for managing runoff in the rural landscape

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  2. Dr Mark Wilkinson
  3. Dr Paul Quinn
Author(s)Wilkinson ME, Quinn PF
Editor(s)Scottish Agricultural College
Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameSAC and SEPA Biennial Conference: Climate, Water and Soil: Science, Policy and Practice
Conference LocationEdinburgh
Year of Conference2010
Source Publication Date31 March-1 April 2010
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Belford, Northumberland has suffered from an increased number of flood events over the past ten years. There is currently support within the Environment Agency for sustainable flood management solutions such as storage ponds, wetlands, beaver dams and willow riparian features (referred to here as Runoff Attenuation Features, or RAFs) which are being trialled at Belford. These also have benefits to water quality, reduce sediment and create new ecological zones. Although the process by which numerous RAFs were deployed in Belford proved initially difficult to achieve within the existing regulatory framework, an efficient uptake process is now supported by branches of the Environment Agency teams. This paper proposes a toolkit for implementing sustainable runoff management solutions. The Belford runoff management toolkit provides a step by step guide to implementing mitigation measures in the Belford burn catchment and could be easily applied to other catchments with a similar scale. The toolkit is based around implementing mitigation measures by engaging with catchment stakeholders and using solid field science and management protocols.
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