The Making Space for Water Project is investigating a new approach to flood management. Moors for the Future in partnership with the Environment Agency aim to demonstrate how our natural resources can help to protect against flooding.
About the Project
The Upper Derwent catchment, located within the Peak District National Park, is a major source of water for regular flood events affecting the entire length of the River Derwent including the Lower Derwent and City of Derby downstream into the Trent towards Nottingham and beyond. The upland catchment for these regions in the Peak District is predominantly moorland, giving way to extensive areas of farmland.
The Making Space for Water in the Upper Derwent Valley Project aims at demonstrating how practical restoration of degraded moorland can add benefit to reducing flood risk at the same time as delivering other benefits. Practical work conducted could reduce the impact of flooding downstream by holding water back and increasing the time it takes for rainwater to reach the river during a storm. The project will restore presently heavily eroded moorland by blocking erosion gullies and re-establishing vegetation on bare soils.
This photograph shows the height of water that rushes down erosion gullies
Making Space for Water 2 - Final Report
Annex 1. Introduction and the Restoration Process
Annex 2. Diversity
Annex 3. Particulate Organic Carbon
Annex 4. Dissolved Organic Carbon
Annex 5. Flood Risk
Annex 6. Modelling Flood Risk
Annex 7. Ecosystem Services Assessment
Annex 8. Payments for Ecosystem Services