Things are not always what they seem; look Beyond the River Calder.
People who live inland of the coast will Relate flooding to the Rivers; this is because most inland flooding occurs from the Rivers and always feature in the news. But what do we know about what feeds the Rivers?
We need to challenge more of what we know to make meaningful changes.
Look beyond the Rivers for our answers . Land Management needs to turn a corner and look at how to improve land, in general, to slow down pluvial flood water what ultimately feeds fluvial river flooding.
The new legislation is required to look at, and Finance modelling of land find out what run-off reaches our rivers overland and at what rate a good starting point would be.
How Accurate our existing pluvial flood maps and informationprovided by the Environment agency , how often are they updated. Tributaries such as Steams Beck ext; what data is available what records do the environment agency hold about the rate and volume of water that passes through these tributaries and flows into our rivers.
We need to turn around our thinking to this increasing problem of flooding. In general, the majority of flood defences located at our riversides. I am sure what as been carried out in recent years has helped but for how long.
The source of the problem is massive amounts of rainwater. I think you will agree until Climate change is Undone theirs nothing the human race can do to slow down the weather.
When it rains, we all expect the land to Absorb the water as a natural process, percolate down into the ground, then making it’s way slowly to the Rivers this is not happening now in winter the ground saturation is too high, and the rainwater cannot percolate this forms thousands of micro streams above ground the micro streams become larger feeding the mainstream and turns the mainstream into small rivers.
We should redirect efforts now invest in new land Management schemes that can help slow down flooding to our towns and villages.
We don’t need Concrete and steels in some cases it could be a slight change to the contours of a land planting trees and shrubs to absorb water and forming natural offline storage. Well designed undulating landscapes high in vegetation this will make a vast difference slowing down rainwater run-off at peak flows. Ultimately Sacrificing land
Encouraging land areas to flood rainwater runoff several miles away from the main rivers, this may seem extreme, but in times of extreme weather, what else can we do. Do we wait for that storm that breaches all inland River flood defences?
We should start with the Moorlands and hill tops, rather than in the bottom of the Valleys, however; it will cost a few billion in comparison to HS2 it’s not a lot what do you think Yorkshire Todmorden, Mythemroyd, Halifax, Brighouse Mirfield Ravensthorpe Dewsbury Wakefield. To encourage natural offline storage with deep vegetation and trees if their allowed to grow, encourage the erosion gullies to. Be blocked, if water is held back for longer in the hills at peak flows in the micro streams what become steams and run off of the steams are reduced The rougher the surface, the less flooding downstream. Removing the flat area and encourage Undulation Burning moorland for grouse shooting reduces roughness, in turn, increases erosion. Burning on the blanket bog is terrible for the climate it also releases the stored carbon back into the atmosphere;in turn, feeds climate change, climate change increases floating.