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Belford catchment proactive flood solutions: storing and attenuating runoff on farms

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mark Wilkinson, Dr Paul Quinn


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The Belford pilot pond study is the first part of a series of Farm Integrated Runoff Management (FIRM) plans ( to be implemented across the Belford catchment (funded by the Environment Agency). Agricultural runoff enters the Belford Burn which then flows through the village of Belford (6km2), Northumberland. Numerous houses, in Belford, are at flood risk and traditional flood defence measures are not considered to be cost effective. This paper will present the hydrological characteristics of the catchment, the design and building of pilot ponds and initial results from the effect of the pilot pond on high stream flow. Stakeholder meetings will then help to produce a catchment flood plan using a range runoff storage features, attenuation zones and flow control structures. The overall goal of the project is to protect Belford from flooding by storing and attenuating high flows on farmland with a minimal impact on farm economics.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wilkinson ME, Quinn PF, Welton P

Editor(s): British Hydrological Society

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Sustainable Hydrology for the 21st Century, Proceedings of the 10th BHS National Hydrology Symposium

Year of Conference: 2008

Pages: 327–332

Series Title: Proceedings of the Sustainable Hydrology for the 21st Century

Series Editor(s): British Hydrological Society