Catchment to Coast

Catchment to Coast is one of 25 DEFRA funded Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme (FCRIP) projects which will reduce flood risk, reduce coastal erosion and improve drought tolerance across Southend and Thurrock. New and innovative measures will be trialed and data gathered on wider aspects such as water quality and habitats so that local, regional and national policy can be improved to allow us to better adapt to our changing climate.

Our Catchment Zones

Upper Catchment - Woodland

Upper Catchment

Using innovative measures to keep water on the land longer and slow the flow down through the hydraulic catchment to urban areas.
Juniper Road

Middle Catchment

Capturing, storing, treating and re-using rainwater to improve flood resilience and reduce demand on our mains water supply.
Two Tree Island

Lower Catchment

Innovative nature-based solutions to improve coastal resilience and improve water quality.

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Are you a long term resident of the catchment? Do you have some stories around any of our proposed sites that might show how the land has changed over time? Is there a local ghost story we don’t know about? We want to hear your stories and collect your local knowledge of the catchment, in particular around our proposed intervention sites as part of our Stories from Source to Sea.

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Our Partners

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Anglican Water
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The Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme

Catchment to Coast is one of 25 DEFRA funded Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme (FCRIP) projects seeking to demonstrate how practical innovation actions can improve resilience to flooding and coastal erosion. A £150m funding pot was announced in 2020 as part the governments National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England where local authorities were invited to submit an expression of interest in 2021.

Projects are seeking to mitigate against current and future flood risks from the sea, rivers, groundwater and surface water whilst providing wider benefits to aspects such as water quality and biodiversity.
Understand the background of FCRIP