Sustainable Drainage Systems and Flood Risk

Engineering Nature’s Way is a resource for those working with Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and flood risk management in the UK.

Our aim is to provide news, opinion and best practice information relevant to people working in local and central Government, developers, consulting engineers and contractors.

A key focus of the website is providing a platform for discussion, so if you have something to share,  please contact us.

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    EFRA Post-legislative scrutiny report recommendations – the good and the misunderstood

    The Post-legislative scrutiny: Flood and Water Management Act 2010 report recently published by the Environment Food a...

    By: Mark Goodger, Regional Technical Manager, Hydro International UK Stormwater Divison

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    SuDS: The Alarming Disconnect Between Desire and Reality

    The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) toda...

    By: Mark Goodger, Regional Technical Manager, Hydro International UK Stormwater Divison

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    SuDS Survey Results: Can a Broad Toolbox Lift Barriers to Adoption?

    Could a greater acceptance of proprietary systems as part of a broad SuDS toolbox facilitate more widespread adoption ...

    By: Mark Goodger, Regional Technical Manager, Hydro International UK Stormwater Divison

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  • Downstream Defender Maintenance

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    SuDS Survey: Why Maintenance is the Key Sticking Point for SuDS Delivery

    The results of our SuDS: The State of the Nation 2016  survey are in.  We’ve been overwhelmed by the response, and...

    By: Phil Collins, European Sales Director, Hydro International

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  • Best Practice

    Flood Defences go Underground, Overground in London Parks

    Stormbloc® and Stormcell® modular geocellular stormwater storage systems retain Grade II listed park landscaping whilst preventing flooding in Southwark, South London, UK A £4.28m award-winning flood defence project in Southwark, South London, is...

    UK Southwark, South London Case Study
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    Scottish Flood Alleviation Scheme Targets Rail Flood Risk

    A long-standing flooding issue for Falkirk Council has been protected from peak rainfall risk with a robust stormwater storage solution from Hydro International that saved space and preserved nearby recreational facilities for local residents. Crossi...

    Scottish Flood Alleviation Scheme Targets Rail Flood Risk
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  • Best Practice

    Maintenance and Inspection Critical for Cornwall Highway Soakaways

    Managing highway surface water runoff as part of a much-needed development of affordable housing in rural Cornwall, UK has been assured with a Stormbloc® geocellular soakaway system from Hydro International. Maintenance and regular inspection were k...

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  • Best Practice

    Flow Controls Deliver SuDS Design for Challenging Llanelli Housing Development

    Engineers took a pragmatic approach to designing surface water drainage at Taylor Wimpey’s new Parc-y-Strade housing development on the outskirts of Llanelli, South Wales. Using Hydro-Brake® vortex flow control technology to engineer distributed s...

    Parc y Strade Housing Development
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  • Best Practice

    Aberdeen Business Park Targets Water Quality with Filtration and Bioretention

    Aberdeen’s new International Business Park, built next to the City’s International Airport, is delivering a best-practice Sustainable Drainage (SuDS) scheme using filtration and bioretention technologies from Hydro International to meet strict pl...

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    £4.28 million Flood Defences Go Underground, Overground in London Parks

    A £4.28m award-winning flood defence project in Southwark, South London, is combining above and below-ground temporary flood storage to create a pioneering solution at two sensitive and historic parks....

    Southwark Flood Defence - Stormcell® Installation
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Industry News

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Welsh Government Launches Consultation on Schedule 3 of Flood & Water Management Act 2010

The Welsh Government has launched an open consultation on the implementation of Schedule 3 of the Flood & Water Management Act 2010. The consultation is seeking views on the Welsh Government's proposed approach for delivering effective sustainable drainage system...

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The EFRA Committee publishes Post-legislative scrutiny: Flood and Water Management Act 2010

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) has published its Post-legislative scrutiny: Flood and Water Management 2010 report. In its report, the Environment Food, and Rural Affairs Committee criticises the Government's sub-standard sustainable drainag...

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Government is ‘Missing Opportunities’ to Protect Communities from Flooding

The Government has been strongly criticised by MPs for failing to heed a report calling for far-reaching reforms to better protect communities from flooding. In November, the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee called for an overhaul of governa...

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Upcoming Industry Events

FLOODrisk 2016
3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management
17-21 October 2016
Lyon, France /> For more information...

CIWEM Urban Drainage Group Autumn Conference & Exhibition
9 - 11 November 2016
Hilton Hotel, Blackpool
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