Meeting held 16th March
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This was the Forum’s 40th meeting. It was held in the Boardroom of the
Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management
in London. Members of CIWEM’s Wastewater Management Panel joined the
Forum for the technical presentations and discussion which were on
flooding and adapting to climate change.
Members of the Forum had a very useful exchange of information about
their research activities.
Professor Joe Morris
, Professor of
Resource Economics and Management at Cranfield University
floodplain management through an ecosystems framework
WSP Group described development of the Surface
Water Management Plan for Thatcham
in Berkshire, which was part of developing the surface water management
plan guidance and move forward local flood risk management in some key
high risk areas.. it was one of six local authorities funded to develop
first edition surface water management plans. The others in this pilot
were; Gloucestershire, Hull, Leeds, Richmond, and Warrington.
, HR Wallingford, described the National
SUDS Standards project and the National
Pluvial Screening Project in Ireland
European Wastewater Issues
Bryan Wallis updated members on some of the water-related issues in the
EU that he is aware of through his work with EUREAU. A European
Parliamentary Intergroup on Water convened its first
meeting in Brussels
on 27th January 2010 it will consider all the strands of
including adaptation to climate change, risks of both flooding and
water scarcity. It is supported by EUREAU, the European Federation of
drinking water and waste water operators; it will meet once a month and
has already invited all EU Commissioners with related portfolios to
The European Commission (EC) is taking the UK to the European
Court of Justice about the number of CSO spills. EUREAU says
environmental impact should be the yardstick rather than the number of
CSO spill. The EC is proposing a climate review of water quality and
also revision of the sludge directive.