Natural flood risk management techniques, Penrith

1 March, 2017 | 18:30 - 20:00

Learning to manage flood risk.
Learning to manage flood risk.

About this event

Protecting communities from flooding relies on more than building higher walls. Flood risk specialists from AECOM (Cathryn Spence, Richard James and Fran Dee) will discuss opportunities for working with nature in Cumbria and how this can reduce the amount of water that enters a town and make traditional defences more resilient in the long term.

Integrated within the landscape to increase water storage at different locations throughout a catchment, natural flood risk management (NFRM) can complement hard defences that are already in place.

AECOM has analysed the effectiveness of NFRM for catchments in England, Scotland and Wales, both as part of integrated flood management plans as well as stand-alone initiatives. They have also delivered multiple projects in Cumbria following the December 2015 flooding, with projects ranging from Section 19 Flood Investigations through to the development of business cases for flood risk management in the Derwent catchment and channel conveyance reviews of Cumbrian rivers.

This presentation will cover:

  • Natural Flood Risk Management.
  • Projects in Cumbria which have worked with nature.
  • Understanding multiple benefits to the Cumbrian community.

Refreshments will be served from 6pm for a meeting start of 6.30pm


For more information, please contact:

Andy Poole


Cathryn Spence

Cathryn Spence is Regional Director and AECOM's technical practise lead for flood management in EMIA.

Richard James

Richard James is Senior Modeller at AECOM and has managed the delivery of flood risk management projects in Cumbria

Fran Dee

Fran Dee is a Modeller and flood risk specialist and has completed the analysis of conveyance and business case development in Cumbria.