Environment Agency seeks new committee members

The Environment Agency (EA) is looking for nine new voluntary members to serve on three of its key committees in the south-west of England.

Six appointments are required for the Regional Environment Protection Advisory Committee (REPAC), two for the Regional Fisheries Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee (RFERAC) and one for the Somerset Local Flood Defence Committee (SLFDC).

The role of REPAC is to advise the Agency on its performance and to develop the priorities for the South-West’s environment. RFERAC advises on policy relating to salmon, trout, freshwater and eel fisheries and on ecology, water based recreation and navigation.

Both REPAC and RFERAC are statutory committees and provide a chance to help co-ordinate policy and shape the future management of the environment. Both meet four times a year, usually in or near Exeter.

The Somerset local flood defence committee meets three times a year, usually at Bridgwater and plays a vital role in the Agency’s flood defence function.

Nominations are invited from organisations and individuals and in respect of REPAC and RFERAC should live in the Environment Agency’s South-West region, which covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and most of Wiltshire. Nominees for the SLFDC should live within that committee’s area.

Further details on the role of these committees are available at Environment Agency.

Applications should be made by February 9, 2001 to Peter Sadgrove, Committees Manager, Environment Agency, Manley House, Kestrel Way, Exeter, EX2 7LQ. Tel: 01392 444000, ext: 2579.

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