The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee last Thursday, May 12th 2016, visited the Somerset Levels to discuss dredging and efforts to increase Somerset’s resilience against flood waters.
During the visit, the Committee meet the Environment Agency and local partners in Taunton to find out what has been done to better prepare Somerset for future severe weather and to minimize flood risk.
MPs then visit areas around the Levels to see Environment Agency and Internal Drainage Board channel maintenance and land management work on the ground.
In 2014, as part of Somerset’s 20 Year Flood Action Plan, the Environment Agency dredged 8km of the Rivers Parrett and Tone.
The EA is now dredging another section of the River Parrett on behalf of the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA). This new dredging covers around 750m of the Northmoor Pumping Station towards Bridgwater.