Flood Management

FM1 - Sustainable Flood Management

Objective:

Implement sustainable flood management via restoration of a more natural flooding regime and delivery of the Findhorn, Nairn and Speyside Local Flood Risk Management Plan.

Significant achievements against objective (2017 - 2022):

  • Hydraulic modelling of the Gynack Burn, Kingussie to better understand the flow mechanisms of the watercourse and impact on flooding.
  • Flood study for the Aviemore has been delayed.
  • Flood study for Dalfaber Road, Aviemore is no longer deemed a priority.
FM 2 - Natural Flood Management

Objective:

Develop appropriate NFM sites to contribute to spate flow management and thereby reduce downstream impacts to infrastructure.

Significant achievements against objective (2017 - 2022):

  • SCI delivered flood plain re-connection/storage project at Delliefure 2021 supported by SFB and CNPA. Floodplain restoration programme for Insh Marshes developed for delivery 2022 on (RSPB) including 5 NFM projects. eg embankment removal to reconnect the river and floodplain, blocking of ditch system, monitoring in place.
  • Restoration of blanket bog at Abernethy including water quality and flow monitoring.
  • SCI/SFB - Delagyle backwater re-connected (SCI/SFB).
  • Riparian planting in Avon catchment (TGLP), Truim, Calder, Kinchurdy will slow run-off rates.
  • Sediment management to increase floodwater storage at Delnabo (TGLP).
  • Allt a Mharcaidh restoration in development (Cairngorms Connect/FLS/SCI).
  • Several riparian planting/regeneration projects and landowner-led woodland creation schemes (eg 300ha on Balavil Estate) will contribute.
FM 3 - Communication

Objective:

Undertake catchment wide information dissemination associated with flooding and flood management.

Significant achievements against objective (2017 - 2022):

  • Production of 'Creating Climate Resilient Catchments', short film for COP26 in October 2021 (CNPA) https://youtu.be/sVY_G3zHarA .
  • Films, social media and other online and media exposure for SCI projects with natural flood management functions.
FM 4 - Community Engagement

Objective:

Encourage community level engagement in tackling flood related issues.

Significant achievements against objective (2017 - 2022):

  • Scottish Water 'keep the cycle running', and 'Nature Calls', successful media campaigns to tackle sewer flooding events by discouraging flushing wipes, supported by community drop in sessions.
  • RSPB Abernethy 60 year vision engagement of Nethy Bridge community, raised awareness of slowing the flow activities, eg bogwood restoration.
  • Ongoing engagement with Insh Marshes communities (RSPB).