“SuperSuDS”: a natural approach to alleviating flood risk
Paul Hodgkiss of Waterco talks to WISE Network
WISE Network has opened doors for Waterco to access powerful spatial data, which through the project’s expertise with both GIS and the time they have taken to understand and interpret our business is dramatically contributing to our aim to deliver flood risk alleviation through the implementation of natural approaches.” Paul Hodgkiss, Waterco.
The water management policy landscape has changed, with emphasis moving from flood ‘defence’ to flood ‘risk management’. There has been a call for more sustainable, resilient approaches such as green infrastructure initiatives including ‘SuDS’, washlands, floodplain restoration, wetland and woodland creation. Yet traditional engineering solutions persist, aided by the complexities of evaluating new ‘sustainable’ and ‘integrated’ approaches, with numerous stakeholders, funding solutions and landowners.
Developing an integrated, systematic approach, Waterco aim to navigate these complexities to deliver ‘mainstream’ projects and create an innovative, flood risk management service to offer a more cost effective natural approach.
“We have greatly benefited from our engagement with the WISE Network programme and look forward to making further progress in both reducing the impact of our operations and extending our offer to those who are hard-to-reach.”
Warren Jones, Manager
Beaumaris Leisure Centre