Many of these links have been taken from a document produced by the Environment Agency and Dorset and Nottingham Wildlife Trust – many thanks to them. If you find any other useful documents, please let us know.
Farming and Land Management
Flooding and Resilience Measures
Essential Guide to Flood Planning and Preparation
Does what it says on the tin!
Devon Pathfinder Community Flood Resilience Report- Final
Case studies of local community action
Home owners guide to flood resilience
Details on how to find out whether your home is at risk, how to protect yourself from flooding, insurance and flood protection products
Community Resilience Planning (Isle of Wight Council)
Advice on how communities can work together to formulate a plan.
Preparing for Emergencies – Guide for Communities
This guide will help you take the first steps to think about why and how you can help your community to be prepared for an emergency
Community Emergency Plan Toolkit
This document is a step-by-step guide to help you and your community produce a Community Emergency Plan.
Community Emergency Plan Template
This template is designed for you to fill in the details of your community emergency preparations.
Minimising the risk
Flood plan guidance for communities and groups.
Personal Flood Plan Template
Flood plan for individuals
3 Day Flood Risk Forecast
App to check the risk of flooding in your area
Met Office Severe Weather Warnings
Register your email here for severe weather warnings
Red Cross Emergency App
App to assist in emergencies
Met Office Severe Weather Warnings
Explanation of how to interpret these
Flood Risk Awareness Guidance
A guide to staying safe
Prepare your Property for Flooding
A guide on how to protect property
Flooding and Historic Buildings
Advice from Historic England if you live or work in an historic building
A guide to sandbags and their usage
National Flood Forum
The National Flood Forum is an independent charity and an excellent source of information on all aspects of flooding. They have a tool which can estimate the cost of protection products depending on your home and an excellent directory of all kinds of products and companies which can help reduce the risk of flooding, or reduce the impacts flooding – and speed of recovery.
Six Steps to Property Level Protection
Know Your Flood Risk
National Safety Council
Tips for being prepared at home for various natural emergencies
American Red Cross
More good tips for being prepared
Weirs and salmon stock
How the historical rise of waterpower initiated the collapse of salmon stocks
Design manual for roads and bridges
Section 2 of this manual looks at drainage options and design
The Pitt Review
Report produced following the 2007 floods
SuDS for Roads
Guidance document with Scottish focus, but remains relevant to the rest of the UK
Legislation and Policy
Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010
Convention on Biological Diversity 1992
Council Directive on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora 1992
Council Directive of the Conservation of Wild Birds 1979
Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000
Environment Act 1995
Environmental Protection Act 1990
Land Drainage Act 1991
National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
Protection of Badgers Act 1992
Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003
Water Framework Directive
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended)
Links to information relating to specific water courses appearing on the water-course page. For some water courses there are stacks of documents, so please look.
Planning and WFD
Advice Note on the Water Framework Directive for Local Authorities across the Midlands
Advice Note providing information to local authorities on the important contribution they can make to local improvements in the water environment and to meeting the objectives of the Water Framework Directive.
Local Authority Services and the Water Environment Executive Summary
Summary document with information on WFD and Local Authorities
Planning Advice for Integrated Water Management
This Advice Note provides a one-stop-shop to de-mystify water management and demonstrate the benefits of building it into plans and planning decisions. It
shows planners how to turn the challenges of managing water into opportunities, to provide the new homes and infrastructure that communities need at lower financial, environmental and social cost. Over 30 case studies of best practice, drawn from across the water sector, support the Advice Note by showing planners what is possible.
CaBA Guidance for Planners
Produced by Lewisham Council but useful for all LPAs.
Building a Better Environment (Environment Agency, 2013)
This document gives an overview of the role of the EA, Forestry Commission and Natural England in the development process as well as initial advice on how to manage the environmental impact and opportunities of development. It also signposts to further information and provides links to the consents and permits which may be required.
Improving Water Quality: Guidance for Local Authorities
Very useful document, and not just for Local Authority users.
Rivers and Catchments
River Basin Districts
Link to a map of River Basin Districts in England and Wales
River Basin Management Plans
More information on RBMPs which set out measures to improve water in rivers, lakes, estuaries, coasts and in groundwater.
South East River Basin Management Plan 2015
Most up to date RBMP
Catchment Based Approach: Improving the quality of our water environment. (DEFRA, 2013)
Document providing general information on the Catchment Based Approach to water management, including objectives and key ways of working
Catchment Change Management Hub
Website giving further information on catchment management, including tools, resources and case studies.
Information hub for Catchment Partnerships
Rivers by Design
A step by step guide for planners, developers, architects and landscape architects on how to maximise the benefits of river restoration in development projects
Manual of River Restoration Techniques
Manual which aims to help river managers identify potential restoration techniques for use in river restoration and sustainable river management, including 64 case examples
European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR)
The ECRR is a European network based on a framework of national networks (national centres for river restoration) whose mission is to enhance and promote river restoration and sustainable river management throughout Europe, to disseminate information on river restoration experiences and approaches and to foster the establishment of national river restoration networks in as many European countries as possible. It shares the same goals of many river restoration national centres, but it acts at the international level, as a “network of networks”. The website provides information on how and why to restore rivers, both in rural and urban locations.
European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR) Healthy Catchments
Information on river catchments, managing water for flood risk and the Water Framework Directive
Design, maintenance, modification and removal
Susdrain Case Studies
Water sensitive urban design in the UK
Water sensitive urban design is the process of integrating water cycle management with the built environment through planning and urban design. This document considers how a water sensitive house, block of flats, neighbourhood, commercial area, development and city might look.
Manual for practitioners to help raise awareness about green infrastructure.
Sustainable drainage systems: Maximising the potential for people and wildlife
The guidance manual – Sustainable drainage systems: maximising the potential for wildlife and people – breaks down the steps to creating high value green spaces at low cost. These have the attractive potential to be liveable spaces that bring communities together and benefit wildlife, while making the landscape more resilient to climate change. It has been written specifically for local authorities, which are responsible for authorising plans for sustainable drainage systems, landscape architects, developers, engineers and master planners
Working in Partnership
There are many organisations involved in delivering WFD targets who can be contacted for information and advice:
Internal Drainage Boards
Local Catchment Partnerships
Local Lead Flood Authorities