Trials on Thames basin

Trials on the five-year demonstration project, designed in 2016, are being carried out by the Environment Agency in conjunction with the Evenlode Catchment Partnership - with a report on the chosen measures being published in May.

The scheme is designed to help meet quality and habitat creation objectives from the Water Framework Directive (FWD), with its primary goal being to determine whether multiple small-scale flood management measures can have an impact on the extent and frequency of floods.

The work will focus around the river Evenlode - a headwater tributary set in a flood-prone clay catchment that is within the Thames basin.

As the channels in the area have become too wide and deep, meaning they have become disconnected from their floodplains, the Environment Agency is proposing to reconnect the river and floodplain; as well as form four new wetlands.

In total, the scheme - which will also include other measures such as water retention ponds, bunds and scrapes in grassland areas, leaky dams and woodland planting - will cost in the region of £480,000.

Around £230,000 will be raised by the Thames regional flood and coastal committee local levy over a five-year period, with WFD grant-in-aid providing another £150,000. Flood and coastal risk management grant-in-aid will given £20,000, £5,000 from the parish council, the Cotswold Rivers Trust will provide £25,000 and £50,000 will come from local landowners.

A number of organisations including the Environment Agency, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Thames Water, the catchment partnership and the wider community will monitor and assess the results from the Evenlode project.

 

The scheme is expected to be completed in 2020.