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08-01-2022 FOUL DISCHARGES Derwent water between the Isthmus and the boat landings. This seepage is from the ‘Old’ municple tip, that was situated on the lakeshore. This has been going on for decades, yet is not dealt with in a satisfactory manner. PICTURE (LJ) A Tangerine foam was coming out of the pipe !
23-01-22 Lynne Jones: Action needed Read and Sign the petition … Contact your MP This is hot on the heels of my sending photographs of disgusting tangerine foam seeping into Derwentwater (from the old council tip near Crow Park, Keswick) to the EA last month, AND the national press sharing some pretty damaging statistics about United Utilities leaks of untreated sewage here. With the tireless work of my local MP, Tim Farron, the campaign is now in the form of an Early Day Motion (EDM) and has been submitted to Parliament. This needs MPs to sign the EDM so it can be debated in the House of Commons and made into law. I need you to contact your local MP and tell them to help stop water pollution in the Lake District National Park.
23-01-22 PRESENTATION ( Slides ) of how Rain event of 27th to 28th October 2021 Effects on local areas and showing Cockermouth as quite different to other areas.
06-02-2022 Defra SPS to Ofwat for PR24 is out … All sources of flooding impact water companies, their customers and local communities, disrupting services and damaging property and the environment. Climate changes are increasing this risk and associated impacts, and the whole sector has a role to play in boosting long-term flood resilience.
25-01-22 IMAGES of the aftermath of recent Storms and their affect on the Keswick Threlkeld old railway line trail. Special reference to erosion and destruction of river banks
29-02-2022 Environmental Protection Raw Sewage discharges The Office for Environmenta Protection ( OEP ) has laumched an investigation regarding the roles of Ofwat, the Environment Agency and Defra Secretary of State in the regulation of Combined Sewer Overflows in England.
14-07-2022 UK HEALTH SECURITY AGENCY Guidance Flooding and health: assessment and management of public mental health Published 1 July 2022
28-07-2022 Government to commit. strengthen and modernise reservoir safety regime. Reform of the regulatory programme will be delivered in collaboration with reservoir owners and engineers over the coming years
23-04-2022 FLOODre and using Insurance to improve resilience on reinstatement. Many of us have been saying for years that flood victims should be professionally advised and helped to reinstate their properties in a more flood resilient way. However, I have been uncomfortable with the encouragement to be "resilient" because I knew that it costs a lot more than just installing a flood door or two. Properly fitting flood doors might hold back water, but water seeps in everywhere else. Making a property as "resilient" as possible, tanking and so on, was way beyond the financial reach of a lot of families - and even something as obvious as re-wiring from top down was not routinely accepted by insurance companies wanting to carry out like-for-like replacement. This scheme, at last, offers a chance to give those recovering from floods a fighting chance to keep as much flood water out of their homes as possible, plus an easier and faster recovery .... next time. It will not take the fear away when it rains but it is a huge - and very welcome - help. water companies …
05-02-2022 The DEFRA Strategic Policy Statement to Ofwat for PR24 i s out and it includes statements like: challenge and incentivise the water companies to identify and deliver greater customer, societal and environmental benefits from their water and wastewater infrastructure and systems, such as using reservoirs to provide greater flood resilience. Perhaps, after years of stating the obvious, we are getting somewhere IF the EA begins to stand up to water companies …
11-08-2022 Danger of Drought measures exacerbating Flooding Problems 11-08-2022. Email to Emma Gates (Telegraph) regarding recent articles about preparedness for low rainfall and underfilled reservoirs.
14-09-2022 Cumbria ( CCC ) The CCC drop in session for surface water flood risk has been changed to next Tuesday, 2pm to 4pm Keswick Library. There were 2 locations for Keswick: Brundholme Gardens which is now complete and another scheme which is intended to reduce flood risk for lower Crosthwaite Road, Limepots and Glebe Close BUT I am pretty sure that whoever has put this forward does not understand the reroute of Crosthwaite Beck from 2012. It is scheduled for 2027- 28 so I guess I have time to make sure they have the right info (although I have complained about the map being incorrect for 10 years so perhaps not!) If anyone has any areas they are concerned about that need to be included PLEASE let me know. CCC just does surface water and small watercourses, the EA do flooding from major rivers like the Greta. No prizes for anyone who knows how the changes to the county structure/management will impact all this in the end but we'd be keen to know.
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14-10-2022 FLOOD RISK REDUCTION [ Letter from Rod Donington-Smith to “The Keswick Reminder” It is that time of year again when trees shed their leaves, many of which become soggy and end up clogging roadside gutters and gullies (drains). Often gullies cease to take in water off the road simply because their grates are blocked by leaves and other debris a problem that can often be easily resolved by clearing the debris off the grates. It is not so easy when gutters are filled with leaves, which will be quickly washed down to replace the ones that have just been removed! It is better to identify and report highways drainage problems early, including blocked gullies, to Cumbria CC using its website www.cumbria.gov.uk (go to Highways in the roads, travel parking section) or by telephoning 0300 303 2992 rather than waiting until flooding becomes a problem. Due to staff cuts the Council has less staff to monitor its highway drainage systems so is more important than ever for the public to report problems. RDS 05-10-2022 Report on sudden heavy rainfall event 30-09-2022 [ Dr Mark Roberts for KFAG ] Comparison of Rainfall Event on 30th September 2022 with other Major Rainfall Events On 30th September a very heavy but relatively short rainfall event occurred over northern Cumbria, and particularly over the Borrowdale area. Significant flooding was experienced in Borrowdale, with the BBC reporting that one farm lost 58 sheep: Sheep 'swept away' during Borrowdale flash flooding - BBC News 01-10-2022 SURVEY from NFF Chief Exec: An ex-colleague of mine now an academic at Queen Mary is running a study looking at long-term targets for flood risk management for England. It’s part of a British Academy fellowship. Would you mind helping him by completing an online survey? Should only take 10-15 minutes. Feel free to forward on to others, eg. Other members of staff. 01-10-2022 From Lynne Jones: Need to concentrate on this, they should not be removing reservoir structures from water sources with climate change. Mothball yes for now but walk away from reservoirs when there have been none built for decades? cumbriacrack 29-09-2022 11-08-2022 Danger of Drought measures exacerbating Flooding Problems 11-08- 2022. Email to Emma Gates (Telegraph) regarding recent articles about preparedness for low rainfall and underfilled reservoirs. 14-09-2022 Cumbria ( CCC ) The CCC drop in session for surface water flood risk has been changed to next Tuesday, 2pm to 4pm Keswick Library. There were 2 locations for Keswick: Brundholme Gardens which is now complete and another scheme which is intended to reduce flood risk for lower Crosthwaite Road, Limepots and Glebe Close BUT I am pretty sure that whoever has put this forward does not understand the reroute of Crosthwaite Beck from 2012. It is scheduled for 2027-28 so I guess I have time to make sure they have the right info (although I have complained about the map being incorrect for 10 years so perhaps not!) If anyone has any areas they are concerned about that need to be included PLEASE let me know. CCC just does surface water and small watercourses, the EA do flooding from major rivers like the Greta. No prizes for anyone who knows how the changes to the county structure/management will impact all this in the end but we'd be keen to know. 14-07-2022 UK HEALTH SECURITY AGENCY Guidance Flooding and health: assessment and management of public mental health Published 1 July 2022 28-07-2022 Government to commit. strengthen and modernise reservoir safety regime. Reform of the regulatory programme will be delivered in collaboration with reservoir owners and engineers over the coming years 20-07-2022 Reservoir Safety: Dept. for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written statement. George Eustace The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 20-07-2022 Consultation on Utilisation of Water Supply Reservoirs for Flood Risk Benefit - deadline Monday 25 July. There has been a year-long reservoir review from which we were prevented any input. Our response is attached - SEE LINKS BELOW.