Calder High Students investigate solutions to flooding in the Calder Valley.

Posted: 20.10.14

Calder High students have been quizzing experts about the causes and solutions to flooding in the valley as part of the Calderdale Community Flood Resilience Pathfinder Scheme.
Calderdale Countryside Service, Calder Futures, the Calder & Colne Rivers Trust and Pennine Prospects have been on hand to present their work and answer questions. The students have conducted their own ‘cost benefit analysis ‘and identified their own priorities for action.
A presentation from Julie Swift, environmental Education Officer from Calderdale Council, highlighted the perils of living in a steep sided valley where extreme rainfall can have dramatic and immediate impacts in terms of flooding. Pupils were asked to prepare a flood plan for their own household. They then visited the River Calder to look at the issues first hand and hear from organisations who are working on solutions. These included Calder Futures, who remove riverside vegetation, Calder Countryside Service who work with Pennine Prospects and the Southern Pennines Rural Regeneration Company, organisations that advise landowners.
Pupils then were asked to vote with monopoly money and identify investments they would make to help reduce the impact of flooding. These included measures across the valley that would increase woodland cover and help individual households to protect themselves alongside investment in flood defences.
Robin Gray, Pennine Prospects development manager, said: “Pennine Prospects has been engaged by Calderdale Council to take a broader landscape-scale view of flooding. Working with pupils from Calder High School has been inspiring.” Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Stephen Baines, said: “Flooding affects a large number of residents of the Upper Calder Valley so it is fantastic to see Calder High school pupils investigating the sources of flooding and quizzing experts on the impact on the local environment. It is interesting to see the creative ways pupils would use funding to plan for flood prevention and looking at what they can do to make their own homes more flood resilient.”
Paul Williams, Head of Geography at Calder High School said: “It was a good opportunity for some of our students to look at the issues that face many of them with regards to flooding in the local area. Visiting the river in Mytholmroyd gave them the chance to discuss the different options available for managing the problems that exist. “

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