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10Feb 2017
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A place for SuDS?

Laura Grant, CIWEM More homes and businesses are at risk from surface water flooding than from any other kind of flood and the problem is increasing with growing urbanisation and development. The Government’s own risk assessment presented compelling evidence that …

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05Nov 2016
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Welsh Government reviews sewerage & drainage legislation

Paul Shaffer, CIRIA The legal framework for governing sewerage and drainage assets has developed over time. This organic evolution has led to a range of individuals and organisations having ownership and responsibility for all manner of related assets. With the …

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12Oct 2016
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Multi-agency green infrastructure streetscape in Manchester

Steve Chatwin-Grindey, DeepRoot Urban Solutions   City of Trees Manchester (formerly Red Rose Forest) is an environmental charity working to transform Greater Manchester into “a greener, healthier and more satisfying place to live work and invest.” Pete Stringer, Special Projects …

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09Sep 2016
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susdrain – to 2018 and beyond….

Suzanne Simmons, CIRIA Welcome back after what we hope was an enjoyable summer for you all.   September sees the launch of susdrain’s third two year term for 2016-2018. We started out in September 2012 as a modest, community platform …

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08Sep 2016
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Increasing the likelihood of success: delivering green infrastructure in high-density urban environments

Richard Brown, ARUP What I have learnt from working on several of Arup’s Green Infrastructure (GI) and Sustainable Urban Drainage (SuDS) projects – in locations ranging from Wales to San Francisco – is that the most significant challenges these projects face …

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12Jul 2016
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Community involvement– the key to great SuDS projects

Helen Spring, London Wildlife Trust. Through coordinating the Lost Effra Project, a south London based initiative with community involvement in creating SuDS at its heart, it is easy for me to see the many benefits that involving local people in …

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31May 2016
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Stroud rural sustainable drainage project: taking SuDS beyond the red line.

By Chris Uttley, Stroud District Council. Whilst the policy and regulation surrounding SuDS is the subject of current controversy, the principles of sustainable drainage and the role that SuDS can play in reducing flood risk is not. The basic principles …

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16May 2016
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Much ado about a SuDS review – what’s on your wish list?

Paul Shaffer, CIRIA/susdrain   Last week saw the Housing and Planning Act gain Royal Assent. It was an interesting, maybe disheartening couple of weeks for those that desire effective policy supporting delivery of good SuDS schemes.   The House of …

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11Apr 2016
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Infiltration SuDS: Reducing flood risk and creating water resources

Mark Fermor, GeoSmart Information   New mapping shows infiltration SuDS potential is good across 80% of England and Wales, supporting widespread adoption.   Water balance studies demonstrate that SuDS can boost water resources to match the increased demand represented by …

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01Mar 2016
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Life with SuDS – a view from a Lead Local Flood Authority

David Edwards, Shropshire Council   Having now recovered from the shock of the (Flood and Water Management Act 2010) Schedule 3 U-turn, I can take stock of where we are in terms of the delivery, or not, of SuDS through …

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