Medway



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Country: United Kingdom
Coordinate 51° 24' 17", 0° 32' 30"
Pilot manager authority: South East Rivers Trust
Objective: The aim of the pilot project is to increase environmental resilience to flooding through Natural Flood Management (NFM). The aim is to slow the flow of water reaching watercourses, and to store water within the landscape, to reduce the flood peaks which cause problems downstream.
Flood risk: Fluvial and pluvial flooding, exacerbated by landcover change which has reduced surface roughness, rapid run-off from impervious clay soils on the high ground, and from steeper slopes onto the lower lying land of the Low Weald. There is also the lesser-known risk of groundwater flooding dues to the presence of springs in areas such as Tunbridge Wells.

The catchment has suffered significant flooding in 1968, 2000/01 and most recently in 2013/14. Generally, a total of 9000 properties (2.246 homes and businesses) are at risk in the Medway catchment .

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