Engineering Nature's Way Web Initiative - Sharing SuDS Best-Practice
Engineering Nature's Way is a dedicated web resource (www.engineeringnaturesway.co.uk)for people working with Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and flood risk management in the UK.
The knowledge-sharing website is the initiative of Hydro International and is designed to bring together experience, opinion and practical solutions as the application of SuDS moves towards being compulsory in England and Wales.
The site provides an opportunity to share news, opinion, information and best practice for people working in local and central Government; developers, consulting engineers and contractors.
Engineering Nature's Way promotes a best-practice approach to managing surface water from source to sea. Centred on a catchment philosophy, natural drainage paths and processes are replicated to control flow, volume and quality using a full 'toolbox' of SuDS techniques.
Said Alex Stephenson, Stormwater Director for Hydro International: "We decided to take the initiative and co-ordinate a 'go-to' place for SuDS and flooding in the UK to discuss best practice approaches centred around the Engineering Nature's Way philosophy.
"We recognised that local authorities, developers and consulting engineers would all benefit from being able to learn from shared experiences and from the comments and opinions of leading experts during this critical time in the development of surface water management.
"The website has been designed to be easy to navigate. Case studies, white papers and downloadable guides are available to present best-practice approaches to practical implementation of SuDS schemes. Visitors to the site are invited to submit their own best-practice experiences.
"The sustainable principles of Engineering Nature's Way can be applied to every development", continues Alex Stephenson. "At-source drainage, particularly infiltration and attenuation and a catchment philosophy are favoured, recognising that a range of techniques, "natural", manufactured or combined may be appropriate".
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