Environment Agency uses ‘natural features’ on flood management project in Yorkshire

The Environment Agency is working with Tyne Rivers Trust and landowners to use natural features and materials to slow the flow of water on the Birkey Burn and Red Burn catchments upstream of Acomb, North Yorkshire.

It includes a series of wooden leaky dams, which hold back water during heavy rainfall to temporarily slow the flow of water downstream, and structures based on the childhood game ‘Kerplunk’ – a series of interlocked wooden features designed to slow the flow of water while allowing for fish passage.

These features are being made using trees felled on site as part of a thinning process to manage the woodland, reducing the need to transport materials and lowering the project’s carbon footprint.

Work on the project began at the end of last year and is expected to be completed in the spring.



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