“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Unmanaged retreat.

Flood Risk Management, or Flood Control as it used to be known, has no quick fix, one size fits all answers to this winter's flooding of the Somerset Levels. Broadly speaking the discipline can be sub-divided into hard (steel and concrete drainage channels and flood defences) and soft (managed retreat) engineering. Neither hard or soft engineering has all of the answers for every catchment area but the fact remains that the Environment Agency have had a no dredging policy for a number of years now due to concerns about biodiversity. Rivers and smaller water courses are essentially drainage systems and a blocked drain is no drain at all. The "environment" is not some "other place" populated by lovely plants and animals and threatened by nasty Tory farmers and suchlike. The environment is right here where we all live, and we manage the environment for our, hopefully long term, benefit. We can't help the weather but, in part at least, this year's floods look a bit like bad management. The E.A flood engineers on the ground are a dedicated bunch of knowledgable people. Perhaps they should just be left to get on with the job.


Dr Llareggub said...

I recommend this article, which I do not fully endorse, as a call to revise ideas about left and right with regard to the countryside. The author, a former colleague of mine, who was way to the left, signals an urgent need to dump Labour. My generation are begining to learn. Trouble is, so many of the Class Warriors cannot see beyond their hostility to Tories. Time to stand up to the lot of them.


Aidan said...

I always understood that dredging rivers was essential and that if you don't dredge them they will silt up and you'll have floods. I expect that the Thames around Westminster is dredged.

Dr Llareggub said...

Class War and the Bonists are treating the floods as a joke.
I think the problem is serious. Are the anarchist bosses going to allow discussion on the subject.