Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Making Our World Better

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Making Our World Better

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sponsored by Environment Agency All around the North East Environment Agency staff work day and night to protect our region's natural assets. From the Tweed to the Tees flytippers are caught, while flood defences protect homes from heavy rainfall and beautiful salmon are reared to be released and thrive in our rivers. Here we look at some of the projects which are helping to climate-proof the North East and prepare our environment for the future

1. Creating new coastal habitats in Northumberland

Wildlife havens are being created where the sea used to be kept at bay.

Man-made flood defences along parts of the Northumberland coast are being scrapped in favour of letting water in to improve habitats for wildlife such as seabirds.

The Northumberland 4shores project aims to create natural ways of cutting flood risk, while also adding to recreation, and tourism.

Project work is almost finished at Alnmouth and is due to start next at Beal.

2. Sustainable flood risk management

Blending flood defences into their surroundings is another part of the Environment Agency's work in Northumberland.

The Agricultural Floodbanks Project is an exciting opportunity to create sustainable flood defences and valuable habitat for a wide variety of species.

The Agency is already working with farmers on the River Till to remove some of the flood banks so the natural floodplain can be restored and is looking for similar sites on both the Wear and Tees.

3. Reducing flood flows in Belford

The risk of flooding Belford will be cut thanks to work going on with people who own land upstream.

The project will create new areas for wildlife and reduce pollution from farmland in the Belford Burn, as well as slowing down runoff which can cause flooding when it rains.

4. An added attraction at the Kielder Salmon Hatchery

Learning about one of our region's most beautiful and iconic species will be brought to life at a new visitor centre.

Opening this summer, the centre, at the salmon hatchery, will allow visitors to learn all about the life of the fish through state of the art video, graphics and touch screens. The important work of the hatchery, which ensures salmon stocks in the Tyne are kept strong, will also be explored.

5. A new flood defence at Haydon Bridge

A worn out flood wall will be replaced by a more attractive version to prevent flooding in the future. The existing, but ageing, defence at Brigwood in the town, will be replaced with a new wall, using Redi Rock concrete patterned blocks. Problems with the current defence were uncovered during flooding in 2005.

6. Help to protect fish in the Tyne

Anglers can help the Environment Agency find out more about the types, ages and numbers of fish in the Tyne. Fishermen and women can send in scales from salmon and sea trout which can be "read" to find out the age of the fish. …

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