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Wales Releases Voluntary SuDS Standards

The Welsh government has released recommended non-statutory standards for sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). The standards are the result of 2 years of development with stakeholder engagement and public consultation. SuDS are intended to reduce flooding and overflows by freeing up capacity in the sewer system. This decreases the need for more costly grey infrastructure […]

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Research Finds SuDS are Supporting Amphibians in Scotland

A recent study by Scottish Natural Heritage and The Highland Council has found that sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) ponds between Inverness and Nairn in Scotland are supporting a wide variety of wildlife. Marcia Rae, the council’s graduate research assistant, identified 71 water bodies in the area as part of the investigation. Of these water […]

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CIRIA Releases New SuDS Manual

On Nov. 12, CIRIA, the construction industry research and information association, launched sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) guidance. The updated SuDS Manual (C753) covers the cost-effective planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of SuDS. The updated SuDS Manual is collaboratively funded and is free to download from the CIRIA website. Earlier this year, the Secretary […]

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SuDS Plans Unfold in London

On Oct. 29, London Mayor Boris Johnson, in partnership with Thames Water, the Environment Agency, and London Councils, published the first London Sustainable Drainage Action Plan. The draft plan is open for public consultation until Jan. 15. According to a press release announcing the plan, London has lost 17% of permeable surfaces in the last […]

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CIRIA Releases Flood Guidance and Defra Announces SuDS Standards

On March 24, The U.K.-based Construction Industry Research and Information Association released two new guides “Communication and engagement in local flood risk management” and “Communication and engagement techniques in local flood risk management, companion guide.” The guides are intended to help communities engage with stakeholders, particularly those vulnerable to flooding. The guides are relevant at […]

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Welsh Government Launches Interim SuDS Standards Consultation

In early February, the Welsh Government launched a consultation for interim non-statutory standards for sustainable urban drainage (SuDS). Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, which would have required new developments to include SuDS that comply with national standards, has not been enacted. In the absence of these standards, the Welsh Government […]

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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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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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Flood Defenses and Planning Inadequate in Face of Climate Change, Says UK Report

In early July, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change released the third in a series of annual reports on adaptation. The report, “Managing climate risks to well-being and the economy,” shows where past investments in flood defenses alongside recent improvements in forecasting, early warning, and flood emergency planning helped limit the impacts of a tidal […]

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