Through July and August, Envireau Water has been working to help irrigators get abstraction licence dispensations from the Environment Agency (EA) as part of their response to the extreme hot dry weather. Envireau Water has been successful in obtaining dispensations for all the applications that we have made on the River Wye in Herefordshire; in Shropshire, Suffolk and Nottinghamshire.
We are also assisting the NFU in disseminating information and working with them and the EA in identifying learnings from the experience.
While recent rainfall and falling temperatures has certainly helped, there are still areas and crops under stress and water may still need to be obtained for lifting root crops.
As a reminder, while the dispensation regime is operating:
Envireau Water has already successfully been supporting clients to get the water that they need and has been in detailed discussions with various EA local area teams about appropriate decision making. We are aware that not all applications that have been made have been successful and that where dispensation has been granted, some of the terms have in our opinion been inappropriate. It is important when applying for a dispensation to present an appropriate justification and negotiate the right conditions. The EA have done a very good job in turning applications round quickly under very difficult circumstances and in a situation which is entirely new. Everyone has gone up a steep learning curve.
Envireau Water has over 20 years’ experience of water management and our team is renowned for designing, negotiating and securing permission for innovative licensing solutions with the Environment Agency. We can assure you that where there is just cause, our good reputation, strong relationships and wealth of experience ensures the strongest possible case is presented with every option explored to ensure a successful outcome. Get in touch on 01332 871 882 or firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can support you.