Provides a forum for consultation and to debate issues around water management in Somerset
The Somerset Water Management Partnership (SWMP) provides an opportunity for a group of stakeholders to meet together to consider water matters of significance affecting, or with the potential to affect, the communities, landscape, economy and ecology in the catchment areas of the Parrett, Brue, Axe and their tributaries.
The Partnership provides a forum for consultation to take place, debate issues and test whether a consensus can be achieved, and if so to then communicate it.
The partnership was officially launched in April 2007.
The full membership is
The partnership meets quarterly. Members of the public can attend as observers, and ask questions.
SWMP’s current vision, aims and objectives were agreed at its meeting on April 28, 2009, as follows:
A sustainable approach to water and land use management that, wherever possible
To work in partnership to develop solutions to the problems faced by Somerset’s distinct water environment.
To increase awareness and understanding of water issues within partner organisations and the community.
To work in partnership to promote integrated, sustainable land use planning and resource management.
To promote a whole-catchment approach to water management and flood prevention, and specifically input to the preparation of Environment Agency Plans and Strategies.
To work in partnership to promote wetland wildlife and archaeological interests, including ‘favourable condition’ status, taking into account the needs of farming and other industries.
To identify and promote potential partnership projects.
Topics for discussion over the last 24 months have included
Defra Summary of ongoing consultations:
We have a lot of very detailed information about the areas of Somerset that are at risk of flooding, but we would like your help to inform our work. If you have experienced flooding in Somerset, and have information, pictures or video footage that you would be happy to share with us, then we would be very pleased to hear from you.
We will use the information you provide to form a detailed picture of flood risk across Somerset. This will help us understand the communities that are at greatest risk and allow measures to be put in place to prevent the risks were possible. It will also help the communities involved to consider necessary precautions to safeguard their land and properties.
Unfortunately, we will never be able to stop flooding from happening, but we can try to better understand the risks in an attempt to reduce the danger to people and property. We have started detailed surface water studies in Taunton and Minehead so that we can gain a greater understanding which will help us plan for major flood risk. We have also started a countywide review of flooding ‘hotspots’ because if we can improve our understanding of the causes of flooding, we can try to limit it where possible in the future.
Our policies relating to flood risk management are contained in the Flood and Water Management Strategic Business Plan which can be found in Downloads.
Flood and Water Management Act 2010
Flood Risk Regulations 2009
Minutes of 19th Jan 2012 SWMP Meeting
Minutes of 5th Sep 2011 SWMP Meeting
The Somerset WAVE Project Presentation
Somerset Coastal Change Pathfinder Project Presentation
Catchment 12 Funding Statement 2012
OEG Catchment approach – April 11
Project summary for SWMP 2012-01
Somerset Water Management Partnership
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