Soft Engineering: River Quaggy restoration scheme, UK

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River runs through...
SE London
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This solution was proposed by...
Local presidents, who formed the Quaggy Waterway Action Group (QWAG) to campaign for a sustainable approach
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The plan was...
to bring the river back above ground once again, cutting a neww channel for it through Sutcliffe park, and creating a multi-functional open space
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Although a culvert remained to take some water underground during flood conditions
a new lake was created to take over when this became full.
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The park itself was lowered and shaped to create a...
floodplain where water could collect naturally rather than rushing downstream through artificial channels to flood Lewisham town centre
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The park has a flood storage capacity of...
85,000 cubic metres of water, equivilant to 35 Olympic swimming pools.
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Impact
it has reduced the risk of flooding for 600 homes and businesses in Greenwich and Lewisham, & has created a diverse environment for wildlife
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Impact
The scheme has created a wetland environment with reedbeds, wild flower meadows, and trees - by redireting the river to a more natural course (& including a flood storage area)
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Local presidents, who formed the Quaggy Waterway Action Group (QWAG) to campaign for a sustainable approach

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This solution was proposed by...

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to bring the river back above ground once again, cutting a neww channel for it through Sutcliffe park, and creating a multi-functional open space

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a new lake was created to take over when this became full.

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floodplain where water could collect naturally rather than rushing downstream through artificial channels to flood Lewisham town centre

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