Water management is fundamental to the growth of Greater Lincolnshire, not only because it provides valuable services that underpin our environment, economy and quality of life, and food security, but also because of our geography.
Greater Lincolnshire is within one of the driest regions of the country, sharing the same annual rainfall as Cape Town.
Through developing an integrated approach to water, which unites water supply and flood prevention, we can maximise the essential services it provides by moving from managing water towards managing water sustainably. This will ensure that Greater Lincolnshire is prepared for the future, improve our competitiveness and facilitate economic growth, through providing assurances for business and inward investment, and improving crop irrigation, tourism and biodiversity.
No other part of the country is taking this comprehensive approach or has identified water management as such an essential factor in supporting economic growth.
Greater Lincolnshire is subject to flood risk from the sea, main rivers, surface water and ground water, with the risk of coastal flooding affecting up to 40% (i) of the land area of Greater Lincolnshire. We recognise that more investment in water management is needed to manage this risk and to make sure that we have adequate water supplies to support housing and commercial growth.
Click here to view our priority sectors fundamentally connected to water management, with a particular alignment with agri-food. The UK agrifood industry has substantial potential for growth, but with a changing climate and increased demand for higher value crops, such as vegetables, there is a need to invest in securing future water supplies.
- We are developing new partnership based funding models which unite public, private and community level investments.
- The LEP is working with the Water Resources East (WRE) programme, which is addressing this issue on a regional basis. The official launch of WRE was in July 2018 at the EPIC Centre at the Lincolnshire Showground.
- The LEP launced the comprehensive Water Management Plan in 2016
(1) Environment Agency Flood Zone 2015