Project Update

The Lower Don Valley Flood Defence Project has been shortlisted for two awards. The first is the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Yorkshire and Humber Awards where the project has been shortlisted for the Centenary Award for projects £5 million and over. The ICE  awards ceremony is being held in Harrogate on the 2nd March.

Awards are made for civil engineering projects with a regional dimension in recognition of achievement, excellence or innovation in civil engineering. Nominated projects will normally be expected to have been completed or substantially completed not more than two years before the closing date for nominations. Factors to be taken into account will include value and impact on society, sustainability, health safety and welfare, quality of design, innovation and best practice, difficulty and response, collaboration and excellence in delivery.

The second award which the project has been shortlisted for is the Environment Agency’s Project Excellence Awards in the category of Working in Partnership.  The award will be made to recognise excellent local partnership action to enhance community flood risk management and preparedness. This awards ceremony follows on from this year’s Flood and Coast Exhibition and will be held on the 21st March.

River channel maintenance work is ongoing and large scale tree management is underway along the river at East Coast Road where a small number of mature crack willow trees which have been identified as at risk of falling into the river, are being cut back. This fast growing species of tree  has a tendency to crack and fall into the river channel when it is mature and is easily damaged during high winds so regular management is essential.

Volunteers were out along the same stretch of the river this week helping to remove debris and litter from the riverbanks.

Some snagging work on the project is still outstanding but efforts are being made to ensure this is carried out as quickly as possible.

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