Our coastline is changing, sea levels are rising and climate change is bringing extreme weather conditions more often.
Nearly 400,000 people live or work on low-lying land around the Humber Estuary so it is one of the many places that will be affected by rising sea levels. And with current predictions showing sea level rise of up to 0.35 metres by 2060 and up to a metre by 2110 we need to consider long-term protection of communities and habitats in this area.
Our strategy outlines flood risk management plan for the Humber Estuary for the next 25 years and beyond. It looks at different ways of managing flood risk; raising defences where appropriate, but also introducing sites for managed realignment and flood storage which will help maintain valuable habitats.
It aims to ensure a good standard of protection from tidal flooding for the next 25 years and beyond for 99 per cent of residents round the estuary and the important industrial areas. However, there are difficult decisions to make. Our funds are limited, so we will not be able to improve all of the estuary's defences. The documents identify those areas that could be affected and answer some of the questions that you may ask.
We continue to work with communities around the Humber Estuary to help them understand their risk and to use local knowledge and experience to jointly come up with plans to manage that risk. We have started work on developing or building schemes in Stallingborough, Swinefleet, Gunness, Brough, Reedness and at Halton Marshes, and are carrying out studies of many other areas to explore the possibilities for managing their flood risk.
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The Humber Environment in Focus 2011
This technical report brings together a wide variety of datasets to describe the state of the environment in and around the Humber Estuary as a baseline against which changes can be tracked. The aim is to produce follow up reports every two years.
If you have any comments or questions relating to the report, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beacon Lagoons habitat creation project
We have been working to create some extra habitat to compensate for some being lost at Beacon Lagoons between Easington and Kilnsea in East Yorkshire.
The work is very nearly complete, with just a few finishing touches to make. Our last newsletter contains details of what we have done and some of the finds archaeologists made during the work.
As part of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy we are considering options for realigning the tidal flood defences in the Skeffling area. We are still at an early stage and no firm decisions have yet been made. Further information can be found in the newsletter below.