Using catchment reviews to ensure the least disruption to wildlife habitats
An area of former clay pits, which are now flooded, on the south bank of the Humber River in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom is classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The former clay pits provide freshwater and saline habitats for a wide range of wildlife.
Recognising the importance of the ecology in the area, and the drive for development and economic growth with a brand-new energy park being proposed in the area, the North East Lindsey Drainage Board commissioned our team to undertake a strategic catchment review.
This project included the development of a hydrodynamic model of the key watercourses, identifying opportunities to improve the flood protection and water management. Our reviews identified the need to adopt a more holistic approach, working with the potential developers in the area to develop a strategic solution to help facilitate the development.
The scheme now supports the Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) which will incorporate a new quay, together with facilities for the manufacture of renewable energy components including offshore wind turbines. For a sector where proximity to market means everything to everyone, the deep quays of the Humber River provide a perfect location without disturbing the local ecology.
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