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Title: Protecting the Lincolnshire Wash coast
Author: Environment Agency Anglian Region
Document Type: Monograph
Annotation: EA additional title info: Wash Bank Scheme
Abstract:
The Agency is responsible for managing, maintaining and improving flood defences, which provide protection to people and property. The provision of defences must be carried out in a way that does not damage the unique environment of the Wash, but ideally works with nature. In searching for a solution that balances all interests, the Agency planned a strategy to compliment the Wash Shoreline Management Plan (1996), which combined natural processes with the provision of effective defences for this vulnerable stretch of coastline. Sea defences are crucial and provide a front line of defence for an area of 80,000 hectares, of low lying fenland, including scattered villages, prime agricultural land and Boston. Much of this land and property is 3m or more below surge tide levels. Over a span of several centuries, a chain of earth banks has been constructed to claim land for agriculture and to protect settlements from flooding. Several of the banks have been in place for many years and a study has been undertaken to review the standard of sea defence provided. This study has provided a Strategy for the Wash between Gibraltar Point and the Hobhole on the Witham Haven, a length of nearly 30km. This has been approved by the Agency's Lincolnshire Flood Defence Committee. This Strategy assesses the standard of protection provided by the embankments together with possible improvements which have been assessed for technical and economic merit. As part of this process an Environmental Assessment has been completed to ensure any proposals are environmentally acceptable.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: [after 1996]
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: CoastsShoreline Management PlansCoastal managementFlood controlFlood defence structuresFlood defence committeesDisaster preparedness
Geographic Keywords: Lincolnshire; The Wash
Extent: n.p. [6]
Permalink: http://www.environmentdata.org/archive/ealit:1180
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