For generations we have encouraged water to flow down to the sea as fast as possible (Flooding chaos calls for a water strategy, Feb 1).
Our recent water catchment studies have shown just how wrong we have been. Building flood barriers, diverting rivers and building pumping stations increase the flood risk to those lower down a catchment.
Where we have restored natural processes to hold water back by making our field soils more absorbent, blocking ditches and building ponds - flooding lower down a catchment is reduced. We need to start working with water not against it.
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