Help shape the environment by joining the flood and coastal committees

The Environment Agency are currently recruiting volunteers on their flood and coastal committees, to shape local flood and coastal management plans and help influence the future of our environment.

The Environment Agency has vacancies on its two Midlands Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCCs). Applications need to be received by Thursday, April 5 and we are keen to hear from environmental enthusiasts wanting to join one of our RFCCs.

The RFCCs will play an important role in deciding local priorities, raising local levies and approving work. Committee members also have a critical role in supporting the Environment Agency and Lead Local Flood Authorities, by working with communities and other partners, to identify and bring in funding. These committees will replace the former Severn Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

Current committee member John Turner said, “In my experience being a member of a Flood and Coastal Committee is one of the most practical ways anyone can help plan to face the major impacts of Climate Change across the country, and also to protect local people from the devastating effects of flooding.”

The committees need a balance of skills, knowledge and experience across their membership such as an understanding of surface water flooding; agriculture, farming and land management; financial experience; communications and experience of local community flood forums or action groups.

More information and details on how to apply can be found at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/aboutus/organisation/35611.aspx

If you have further questions contact Aqeela Akhtar on 0121 7115860 or email aqeela.akhtar@environment-agency.gov.uk