Thursday, January 8, 2009

Restoring London rivers to reduce flood risk, improve biodiversity

This Is London: Almost 10 miles of London's rivers will be restored to pristine condition to encourage wildlife and reduce flood risks, according to plans launched today. Many tributaries of the Thames have been affected by the building of heavily engineered concrete channels to combat flooding and allow urban development.

But the London Rivers Action Plan aims to restore 9.3 miles of the capital's rivers, including parts of the Roding, Wandle and Colne, to an original state by 2015 to improve the urban environment for people and wildlife. It is hoped the restoration will attract species including otters, water voles and kingfishers, provide areas for local residents to visit and help the capital cope with the impacts of climate change such as flooding.

About 13.7 miles of London's rivers have been restored over the past 15 years, including a section of the Quaggy in Greenwich which has been brought out of its underground culvert and into a landscaped park. Restoring rivers to their original state can defend against flooding by forming basins which absorb and hold excess water and the Environment Agency said that in some areas restoration has reduced antisocial behaviour….

The River Roding in London, shot by "MRSC", Wikimedia Commons

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