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Urban Stormwater and Flood Management

  • Kevin Spence
  • Jonathan Bridge
  • Duncan McLuckie
  • Jaya KandasamyEmail author
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Part of the Applied Environmental Science and Engineering for a Sustainable Future book series (AESE)

Abstract

This chapter overviews floodplain and stormwater management from two separate jurisdictions that have different climate, geography and history though having a governance, heritage and culture that is similar. There appears to be an underlying challenge for urban flood and stormwater management to transform stormwater from a hazard to a resource and to control and absorb the effects of flooding through sophisticated, adaptable urban design, smart environmental monitoring infrastructure, land use planning, evacuation management and planning and early warning systems and educated, informed communities. The common obstacle, seen in this review of evidence from the UK and Australia, despite significantly differing environmental, historical and governance contexts, is the distributed nature of the problem and its possible solutions. Water suffers from a version of the ‘tragedy of the commons’ in which its position as a common good – or indeed, a common hazard – makes individual stakeholders reluctant or unable to participate in effective action to manage the whole system. However, the growing number of catchment partnerships and community-led flood management initiatives bring public and private stakeholders together with the water management problems they face and encourage them to take common ownership.

Keywords

Floodplain management tormwater Policy Practice comparison Australia United Kingdom 

Abbreviations

AAD

Annual Average Damage

AEP

Annual Exceedance Probability

AIDR

Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience

BTE

Bureau of Transport and Economics

CFMPs

Catchment Flood Management Plans

CSIRO

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Defra

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

EU

European Union

FME

Floodplain Management Entity

FPL

Flood Planning Level

FRM

Floodplain Risk Management

FRR

Flood Risk Regulations (2009)

FWMA

The Flood and Water Management Act (2010)

LLFA

Lead Local Flood Authorities at local and regional scale

NFCERMS

National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England

NFM

Natural Flood Management

NSW

New South Wales

RWH

Rainwater Harvesting

SuDS

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems

UK

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

WFD

Water Framework Directive

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin Spence
    • 1
  • Jonathan Bridge
    • 1
  • Duncan McLuckie
    • 2
  • Jaya Kandasamy
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of the Natural and Built EnvironmentSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK
  2. 2.School of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

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