Far from advocating dredging as a panacea, the report - published by independent flood management experts CIWEM, and backed by a range of organisations - suggests solely relying on dredging can even make some communities more vulnerable to the risk of flooding. Instead, the report’s authors call for leadership promoting sustainable measures to control flooding crises, rather than politically-motivated, knee-jerk reactions.
CIWEM is an independent professional body. Nigel Hendley, CIWEM’s Interim Chief Executive, said:
"Flood risk management is an increasingly challenging balance of measures and decisions which require a sound evidence base and expert judgment. Dredging can be successfully employed to reduce flood impact under certain conditions, and alongside other measures to protect river ecology, but it can also have serious impacts on downstream flood risk so requires very careful consideration as an option. We should seek sustainable alternatives wherever possible and assess these as well as dredging on a site by site basis."