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Title: Protecting the environment through effective Environment Agency regulation and advice
Author: Environment Agency Southern Region
Document Type: Monograph
This document is a summary of what can be detailed legislation and as such it has been impossible to include all legal requirements within the text. It is important therefore to seek further clarification/information if required. The document has been produced to give an awareness to staff of all the Agencys regulatory roles and is for internal use and guidance purposes only. The threat from flooding is always with us. Flood defence seeks to reduce the risk from flooding in order to safeguard lives, sustain economic activity and protect and enhance the environment. Flood risks can never be eliminated completely, however they can be reduced. The Flood Defence function operates a 24-hour service for managing flood risk. A major part of this service includes maintenance and improvement of rivers, sea defences and associated structures, thus ensuring the integrity of defences and the protection from flooding without impediment to flood flows in rivers, and the provision of a flood warning service. The Agency also undertakes a regulatory role with respect to flood defence and land drainage. Of particular importance in this respect is its liaison with local authorities to ensure flood risk is not increased by new development or that new development is not itself at risk to flooding. Development in floodplains is resisted as well as in vulnerable areas at risk of flooding from the sea. Flood Defence aims to protect and enhance the natural environment by promoting works that are sustainable and work with the environment.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 2000
Publication Place: Worthing
Subject Keywords: Environment AgencyEnvironmental legislationFlood controlWater managementWater qualityWaste managementFisheriesNature conservation
Geographic Keywords: EA South East
Extent: 80
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