Martin van Nieuwenhuyzen
Aquatic Control Engineering
Martin has been working in the land drainage and flood defence industry for eight years, working on and delivering the mechanical elements of hundreds of permanent flood defence and water level management assets including land drainage pumping stations, flood gates and back flow prevention systems. During the past eight years changes in legislation and the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) ensured that new innovations and methods were required to ensure good ecological status is maintained in UK watercourses. Martin has played a key role in introducing these new solutions to the UK market in the forms of fish friendly pump’s, fish passable non return valves and fish and eel passage solutions.
Flood Defence without compromising Ecology
Ecologists and flood defence specialists priorities are often conflicting when planning proactive flood prevention projects. Assets designed to protect properties, infrastructure and agriculture often negatively impact on local ecology. Examples of this are non-return valves impeding fish passage and pumping stations which kill fish. These assets are vital to protecting communities from flooding. New technologies in fish friendly pumping solutions, fish passable non-return valves and technical fish and eel passes are ensuring we protect our communities from flooding whilst maintaining good ecological status on our watercourses.