EA Consultations on Flood Risk and River Basin Management Plans now taking place

The Environment Agency is seeking your views on proposals to improve the water environment and protect communities from flood risk in England. They would like your input on updates they have made to river basin management plans and flood risk management plans. Once agreed, these plans will shape decisions, direct investment and action and deliver significant benefits for society and the environment. River basin management plans set out long term objectives for the quality of the water environment. They identify the condition of rivers, lakes and coastal waters and the pressure on them. The plans provide evidence that will help those with an interest in the water environment to agree where improvements can be made. Flood risk management plans describe the risk of flooding from rivers, the sea, surface water, groundwater and reservoirs. They set out how the Environment Agency, local councils and water companies will work together, with communities, to manage flood risk.

You can respond to the river basin management plan consultations here. The closing date for this is 10 April 2015.

You can respond to the flood risk management plan consultations here. The closing date for this is 31 January 2015.

The Environment Agency is carrying out a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of each plan. The SEA identifies the significant effects that would be associated with implementing the plans. These are great opportunities to influence key documents so please take the time to have your say!