How can trees slow the flow of floods?

Founded in 1973, Yorkshire Water is a water supply and treatment utility company servicing the majority of Yorkshire. Yorkshire Water plays a critical role in managing flood risk by providing a public drainage network and collaborating with other flood management agencies, to help slow the flow of water during periods of heavy rainfall.

Slowing the flow

Yorkshire Water recognises that too many communities in Yorkshire, and across the UK, have experienced the damage caused by extreme storms in recent years. Through the provision of a public drainage network and collaborating with other flood management agencies, Yorkshire Water plays a vital role in managing flood risk. As well as substantial investment in the sewer network, they are also using new innovative approaches to keep rainwater in upstream catchments rather than our sewers.

Calder Valley

Communities in places like the steep-sided Calder Valley, which has a long history of flooding, have experienced several flash floods in recent years. Yorkshire Water is part of a pioneering multi-agency response to tackle this issue through their creation of a Natural Flood Management Plan. Landscape improvements will see the restoration of 43 hectares of blanket bog to keep the moorland like a sponge, and 60 hectares of environmental improvements such as ‘leaky dams’ and wetlands to slow the flow of water.

1 million trees

In partnership with local residents, Treesponsibility, and the White Rose Forest, Yorkshire Water is well on their way to planting 200,000 trees as one of a series of measures planned to help ‘slow the flow’. These 200,000 trees are the first of their commitment to plant 1 million trees in Yorkshire over the next ten years.

This story shows how Yorkshire Water supports Goal 13: Climate Action, specifically Target 13.1: “strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.”

About Yorkshire Water

Founded in 1973, Yorkshire Water is a water supply and treatment utility company servicing the majority of Yorkshire in England.

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