For years, the town of Stanley, North Durham, has struggled with flooding with any heavy rain
Sustainable Drainage Systems + (SuDS+) is a five year community-led research and development project to tackle local flooding issues.
Flood events can cause devastating damage to homes, businesses, and the environment. Due to climate change bringing more extreme weather coupled with the increase in number of paved areas and the compaction of soil by heavy farm machinery, there is less of an opportunity for water to escape through the land surface; with nowhere for the water to go, the water builds up over land and increases the risk of flooding.
What are SuDs?
On their website SuDS+ said: “Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) reduce flood risks by managing surface water runoff in a way that mimics natural processes: slowing down the rate at which it flows through the environment; allowing some of it to evaporate or soak into the ground; and slowly releasing the rest back to streams and .”
SuDS can be wetlands which provide space to hold rainwater, and even trees as their roots create space for the water to drain into the ground.
South Stanley SuDs is community-led project with a mission to tackle to their flooding problem, create pride and ownership of their local environment, strengthen community-led networks, groups, and services, and are working on so much more.
You can read more about the SUDS+ vision on their website.
How can I get involved?
To get involved, visit their website and sign up now with SUDS+. Join the fun, sign up to their activities and start help to shape the future of South Stanley’s community with SuDS+.