LAKENHEATH INTERNAL DRAINAGE BOARD
POLICY STATEMENT ON FLOOD PROTECTION AND WATER LEVEL MANAGEMENT
1.1. This policy statement has been prepared by Lakenheath Internal Drainage Board to provide a public statement of the Board’s approach to its management of flood risk and water levels in its area.
2.1. Lakenheath Internal Drainage Board supports the Government’s aim and objectives for flood and coastal defence. Our policy and approach will be consistent with them.Policy Aim
To reduce the risk to people and the developed and natural environment from flooding and coastal erosion by encouraging the provision of technically, environmentally and economically sound and sustainable defence measures.
Section 3 below sets out our plans for reducing or managing the flood risk in the Board’s District.
Objective (a): To encourage the provision of adequate and cost effective flood warning systems.
The Board will assist the Environment Agency wherever possible in its provision of adequate and cost effective flood warning systems. Integrating with the Agency in response to flood emergencies and participating as necessary in exercises to develop and test emergency response procedures.
Objective (b): To encourage the provision of adequate, economically, technically and environmentally sound and sustainable flood and coastal defences.
In meeting its obligations the Board will consider its activities within the wider natural and developed environment seeking to ensure the avoidance of any adverse impact. It will equally co-operate with other drainage authorities and organisations to ensure adverse impacts on the drainage district do not arise as a result of other activities.
The Board will carry out its maintenance and improvement works in an efficient and cost effective way and where appropriate use best practice and accessing appropriately qualified advice when necessary.
To achieve this the Board will encourage the provision of adequate, economically, technically and environmentally sound and sustainable flood protection and water level management measures and seek to control that development which could increase the risk of flooding.
Within the drainage district potentially all the area is at some risk to flooding and the Board will seek to retain this risk at acceptable levels through appropriate improvements and the implementation of a sound maintenance strategy. They will also seek to ensure that the Environment Agency maintains at a satisfactory standard any flood defences which also afford protection to the District.
Water Control Dams in Designated Main Drains 14
River Flood Defences 7.2 km
Sea and tidal defences 03.3. Regulation and Activities
The Board will exercise as required its powers under The Land Drainage Act 1991 and its Byelaws to ensure that activities in and alongside its drainage system do not reduce flood protection standards and unnecessarily increase flood risk.
The Board will seek to promote the need for works in its District and create a rational understanding among people who live and work in it as to what the flood risk is and the efforts made to control it. They will also seek to achieve directly and through local councils a culture within which the watercourses are seen as vital to controlling flood risk, whilst providing an interesting aquatic habitat and dissuade abuse of them through dumping waste or obstructing flows in other ways. The Board will publish its proposed annual programme of capital and maintenance work which will be available on request from the Board’s offices at Prickwillow.
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4. ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURES
4.1. The Lakenheath Internal Drainage Board has nature conservation duties under The Land Drainage Act 1991, The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and as a competent authority under the Conservation (Natural Habitats C) Regulation 1994. The Board will fulfill these in a positive way.
The Board’s watercourse maintenance work of vegetation control and de-silting is a vital and routine requirement. Whilst inevitably some short term impact will arise, this management is essential also to maintain the diverse aquatic habitat in the District. The Board maintain only a small proportion of the total watercourse length in the District, the significant majority being the responsibility of riparian land owners.
When carrying out works, be it maintenance or improvement and consistent with the need to maintain satisfactory flood protection standards, we will aim to
* avoid any unnecessary or long term damage to all the natural habitats
* ensure no net loss of habitats covered by Biodiversity Action Plans, monitoring any gains
and losses and reporting annually to the Environment Agency
* take appropriate opportunities to enhance habitats.
4.2. The Board will play its full role in sustaining the water level plan prepared for the SSSIs and in conjunction with English Nature and other interested parties, review the plan in accordance with DEFRA guidance.
High Level Targets for Flood and Coastal Defence Operating Authorities and Elaboration of the