Upper Rother NFM Opportunity Mapping with iCASP

What is iCASP?

The Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (iCASP) is a network of organisations working together to use research to make a difference to the environment, economy and society and to promote Yorkshire as a global leader in implementing resilient catchment management. The network brings together people to share ideas, understand different perspectives and develop a better understanding of issues.

It also enables communication between academics working on environmental science and practitioners dealing with catchment management problems.

How are DCRT involved?

DCRT have been working with iCASP in the Upper Rother Catchment to identify priority areas and measures for reducing flood risk. Academics from the Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield worked closely with the team to develop maps of the catchment, identifying potential interventions that could be delivered with the help of volunteers, to reduce both flood and diffuse pollution risk, as well as improve ecological connectivity.

What catchments were studied?

A follow-on project delved deeper into three sub catchments of the Upper Rother to determine where within these catchments NFM work should be prioritised, what type of measure would be most effective and the likely impacts that could be expected as a result. The catchments studied were the Moss Valley, the Hipper and the Spital/Calow. Stakeholder workshops have been held for the Moss Valley to incorporate local knowledge and expertise.

What are we doing with the data?

The outputs from these projects are being used by DCRT to help develop a strategic programme of activities within these catchments to help support landowners in the delivery of NFM interventions, that together can produce a meaningful impact on downstream flood risk, as well as benefit the individual landowner business.

If you are a landowner/manager, community group, resident, or other interest group for any of these areas and would like to find out more, please do get in touch with us at [email protected].

Click here to find out more information about the mapping project

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