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Ministerial Statement on SuDS Released

On Dec. 18, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs released a ministerial statement on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). With this, the agencies also released a summary of the SuDS consultation that took place in September and October. As expected, SuDS implementation will now fall […]

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UK Releases $3.6 Billion Flood Defense Plan

On Dec. 2, the UK’s Department for Environment Food, & Rural Affairs and Environment Agency announced a 6-year, £2.3 billion ($3.6-billion) flood defense program with 1,400 projects from Lancashire to Essex. This first-ever long-term investment program will protect over 300,000 properties, reduce flood risk by 5%, and save the economy £2.7 billion ($4.2 billion) by […]

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Defra Releases Bathing Water Quality Compliance Results

New figures published by the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) on Nov. 6 show that 93% of England’s beaches and inland bathing waters met the minimum European water quality standard, which is based on Escherichia coli limits. However, only about 60% meet the more stringent standards, which are set to […]

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Weakened SuDS Plan Could Worsen Flooding, Groups Say

On Sept. 12, the U.K. Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and Department for Communities and Local Government released a consultation for delivering sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). The goal of the consultation was to examine SuDS implementation options and long-term maintenance strategies. The need for greater use of SuDS was recognized following […]

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Defra Releases Draft SuDS National Standards

In early July, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) provided an update on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) implementation or Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act. The agency also released Draft SuDs National Standards and Specified Criteria for Sustainable Drainage. The agency restated that it will be unable […]

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UK Study Compiles Evidence of Economic Benefits to Green Infrastructure

In mid-August, the UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) released a review of ways green infrastructure contributes to economic growth. The report compiles evidence from several case studies, concluding that green infrastructure increases property values and inward investment, visitor spending, job creation, and health benefits, and it helps prevent environmental costs. According […]

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