Kenwith Dam Flood Defence undergoing improvements
The Environment Agency and Torridge District Council have begun works on flood defences in Kenwith Valley Nature Reserve.
Initially, the first 12 week phase of the works will include an extension to the dam embankment crest kerbing on both the northern and southern flanks, ground investigations, and improvements to the culvert taking water away from the dam. Phase 2 will be dependent on outputs from phase 1.
The project will also aim to provide a biodiversity net gain of 20% overall, including a new bankside artificial holt to attract otters.
Works being undertaken will ensure that the reservoir is safe and resilient to manage flood risks well into the future.
Goal FD. The Potential for Land to Address the Climate and Ecological Emergencies is Being Used to Maximum Effect