Thursday, 7 January 2016

Flooding.-- The EU Water Framework Directive is to blame!

          The flooding in Fermanagh and in other parts of the UK is the fault of the European Water Framework directive in 2000.  No longer were the authorities charged with a duty to prevent flooding.  Instead the emphasis shifted, in an astonishing reversal of policy, to a primary obligation to achieve "good ecological status" for rivers etc.   " Heavily modified waters" is mentioned as not acceptable.  this includes rivers dredged or embanked to prevent flooding, cannot, by definition, ever satisfy the terms of the directive.  So in order to comply with the obligations imposed on us by the EU dredging and embanking had to stop to allow rivers to "reconnect with their floodplains".   this of course is a EU dictat which will increase flooding.
                      the only answer for Fermanagh and other parts of the UK is to start dredging regardless of what the EU says.   If dredging is not started the flooding will only get worse.  In Fermanagh the river Bann must be dredged at the point it enters lough Neagh.

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