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CONNECTED BY WATER – SOUTH YORKSHIRE’S FLOOD CATCHMENT PLAN

Partners across South Yorkshire have launched an action plan in response to flood risk and the climate emergency on a catchment scale. 

The Connected by Water Action Plan is the culmination of partners working together since the devastating floods of November 2019, with an ambition to reduce flood risk and build climate resilience so that communities can live, work, and thrive in South Yorkshire in the face of a changing climate.

The plan includes over 100 projects, to better protect over 17,000 homes and businesses and regionally significant infrastructure across South Yorkshire.

The November 2019 foods in South Yorkshire provided the catalyst for the creation of the plan. One of the wettest autumns on record led to unprecedented river levels, and widespread flooding across South Yorkshire. 

The plan has been developed by a South Yorkshire alliance of organisations including the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, Environment Agency, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council, and Yorkshire Water, who have been working not only to deliver flood risk management schemes on the ground, but also to plan catchment-wide measures for the future to help meet the challenges of climate change.

The plan also highlights new collaborations such as the Source to Sea Nature Based Solution Programme, comprising three projects across the upper, lower, and middle Don to implement a range of natural solutions to slow the flow and create more space for water. 

A ‘living document’

Along with the key partners around 40 supporting organisations are crucial to the delivery of this plan. As a ‘living document’ which will be regularly reviewed and updated, this number will continue to grow as the plan develops.

An online public consultation ran in March 2022, as one of the aims is to work with communities to deliver the plan. We have now published our results from the consultation, which are available on the Environment Agency website, and which will support the review process as we prepare the next update of the Action Plan.