“The only reason we get flooding in Britain is because we’ve simplified the landscape.”

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Solutions to flooding
Question: 
The following line in the article linked to made me think it worth bringing to people's attention: “The landscape mops up the water – it’s a blotting paper effect and assures nothing like the Somerset Levels disaster happens”. I feel there are various points in the article worth serious consideration, e.g. farming systems, landscape-scale effects and properly functioning communities. Please don't dismiss it straight away, but read it through to the end with an open mind and then, if you so choose, dismiss it.
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Category: 
Catchment-wide
Natural Flood Management
Soil / Land Use
Asked By: 
Naomi
Hirst