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More flooding in northern England, including in York

More flooding in northern England, including in York

Dec 31st, 2015, 06:48 AM
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A major political difference between NL and UK is that water management and water defense are de-politicized and that they have been devolved to regional water boards. these water boards operate independently from the governments and can raise their own taxes, while they are democratically governed by all constituents of a particular waterschap.

Additionally, Rijkswaterstaat, the government agency that takes on the big infrastructural work is highly depoliticized too, forming a state in a state. what it wants has precedence, always. In NL we know that flooding is a very real and ever present risk and we've formed institutions with deep roots (some water boards have existed since early medieval times) to deal with that risk.
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Dec 31st, 2015, 07:49 AM
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good points, Hets and menachem. We have the Environment Agency [or whatever they are calling it this week] which like all of these "Agencies" is supposedly independent of the Government and things called Water Agencies, but so far as i know, nothing like the over-arching bodies you describe.

Looks like we need a whole rethink of our approach to water management - and quickly.
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Dec 31st, 2015, 08:28 AM
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It may be wet here but at least it is not Texas where 15 people died or Argentina where not only are the floods bringing in dirty water but nasty terrified snakes.
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