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28Jan 2019
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The Blue-Green Path to Urban Flood Resilience

Emily O’Donnell, Nottingham University   Overcoming barriers to the widespread implementation of blue-green infrastructure and SuDS is challenging, particularly as many are systematic and embedded within organisational cultures, processes, policy and practices. Nonetheless there are many examples in the UK …

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20Dec 2018
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Don’t overlook innovative SuDS

Paul Hurcombe, Severn Trent   Whilst we are all looking to identify opportunities to incorporate multiple benefit SuDS features within our flood alleviation schemes we need to be mindful that we don’t overlook opportunities to be innovative with existing infrastructure …

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14Aug 2018
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Have we reached the tipping point?

  Written by: Graham Fairhurst, Chair of susdrain’s project steering group   Rather belatedly, due to very enjoyable holidays, I thought I should share my thoughts on the status of SuDS especially for who was not fortunate enough to attend …

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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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16Sep 2013
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Greenstreets@Counters Creek – The ultra-urban SuDS challenge!

Celeste Morgan, AECOM   To what extent can SuDS be retrofitted in a high density urban environment? That question has rung out in the industry in response to a number of great examples being forwarded from the UK and abroad …

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05Jun 2013
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Can we afford not to consider SuDS from the outset?

Anthony McCloy, McCloy Consulting   The assumption that SuDS are less affordable is one of the dogmas which have dogged the SuDS debate for a number of years now.   Unfortunately, to come up with a comparable cost estimates of …

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08Oct 2012
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Communities and surface water management… is it a no brainer?

Owen Davies, Sustainability Engineer, Lambeth Council   There is a distinct divide between who provides flood defence and who benefits and it is apparent that this divide should or does not need to be questioned it’s a basic formula which …

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01Oct 2012
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Previously developed sites – why not go for “betterment”

Steve Wilson, Technical Director, Environmental Protection Group.     Allowable surface water discharges from previously developed sites are often based on maintaining the status quo.  This means that new surface water systems discharge water at the same rate as the …

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15Sep 2012
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SuDS – Why we all have to get it right

Alex Stephenson, Director of Hydro International’s UK Stormwater Division   There’s no doubt that we are making tremendous steps forward on the road to widespread use of SuDS in the UK, but there is still a long road ahead.  That’s …

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14Sep 2012
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Traction on the SuDS manual

Early stages of developing the proposal and funds for the update of the CIRIA SuDS manual seem to look promising. So far good interest has been shown by the Environment Agency, Defra, SEPA, Scottish, Government and the Highways Agency. Interest …

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