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Improving the resilience of the nation to groundwater flooding

3:01 pm, Thursday, 2nd March 2023 - 1 year ago


North East Lincolnshire Council and its delivery partner, Equans, is one of the many partner organisations to receive funding to deliver the Greater Lincolnshire Groundwater Project.

The project has been awarded £7.18m of funding and will be delivered in collaboration with the partner organisations. The awarded funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is part of the £200m Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme, managed by the Environment Agency, to create and test new approaches to flood resilience tailored to local communities.

The purpose of the project is to help create a better understanding of groundwater and how to manage the flood risk and resources across three proposed trial sites across Greater Lincolnshire – Grimsby, Barton-upon-Humber, Barrow-upon-Humber and Scopwick.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Greater Lincolnshire Groundwater Project which will help us to understand and manage groundwater flood risk, especially in an area like Grimsby where many homes are at a significant risk of flooding. We look forward to working with the many partners on this project to tackle groundwater flooding together.”

Andy Smith, drainage and coastal defence team manager at Equans, added: “It’s really good to be working with multiple partners wanting to achieve the common goal. Partnership working offers the chance for us to combine resources and work together to make a bigger impact on the local communities.”

If you have a borehole within your property or land and would be willing to work with us, please email [email protected]. This is to help the project team learn more about boreholes in the area to help monitor current and future groundwater levels.

If you are interested in participating within the Project Groundwater in general, please email [email protected]. Engagement with stakeholders across Greater Lincolnshire is much appreciated so that we can each benefit from shared learning.

For more information on the project, visit Greater Lincolnshire groundwater project | Engage Environment Agency (

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