It started this process from a good place: But when the agency set itself the challenging target, it realised it would need to go beyond standard technology but to also make some simple, but fundamental changes, to its operating procedures.
Purpose[ edit ] The Environment Agency's stated purpose is, "to protect or enhance the environment, taken as a whole" so as to promote "the objective of achieving sustainable environment agency sustainable business report 2011 " taken from the Environment Actsection 4.
Protection of the environment relates to threats such as flood and pollution. The vision of the Agency is of "a rich, healthy and diverse environment for present and future generations".
Similarly, in an arrangement with NRWpolitical and operational areas are not coterminus. Structure[ edit ] The Environment Agency employs around 11, staff. It is organised into eight directorates that report to the chief executive.
These are backed up by the Evidence directorate. The fourth directorate is a single Operations "delivery" unit, responsible for national services, and line management of all the Regional and Area staff. The remaining directorates are central shared service groups for Finance, Legal Services, Resources and Communications.
In support of its aims, the Agency acts as an operating authoritya regulatory authority and a licence authority. Additional money is raised from the issuing of licences and permits such as abstraction licences, waste handler registrations, navigation rights and rod fishing licences and from licensing data for which the Agency is owner.
Funding for asset management and improvement and acquisition of flood risk management assets has traditionally come from local authorities via Flood Defence Committees. This was then effectively repaid by central Government in later years as part of the Formula Spending Share.
In this was simplified by making a direct transfer from Treasury to the Environment Agency in the form of Flood Defence Grant in Aid. Approximately half the Agency's expenditure is on flood risk management, and a third is spent on environment protection pollution control.
In addition the Secretary of State is responsible for overall policy on the environment and sustainable development within which the Agency undertakes its work; the setting of objectives for the Agency's functions and its contribution to sustainable development; the approval of its budget and payment of Government grant to the Agency for its activities in England and approval of its regulatory and charging regimes.
It had responsibility for the whole of England and Wales but with specifically designated border arrangements with Scotland covering the catchment of the River Tweed. All of the predecessor bodies were disbanded and the local authorities relinquished their waste regulatory role.
At the same time, the Agency took responsibility for issuing flood warnings to the public, a role previously held by the police. In a new national headquarters for the agency was opened at Horizon House in Deanery Road, Bristol.
The building, which was designed by Alec French Architects, won the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment BREEAM Award for its environmentally friendly construction and operation which includes the use of sustainable materials, natural ventilation and cooling, photoelectric panels and rainwater harvesting.
The resulting internal document proposed additional standards for the handling of materials that offer environmental advantages but may be considered more susceptible to ignition. On 1 Aprilthat part of the Environment Agency covering Wales was merged into Natural Resources Walesa separate body managing the Welsh environment and natural resources.
It has the power but not the legal obligation to manage flood risk from designated main rivers and the sea. These functions in relation to other rivers defined as ordinary watercourses in England are undertaken by Local Authorities or internal drainage boards.
The Environment Agency is also responsible for increasing public awareness of flood risk, flood forecasting and warning and has a general supervisory duty for flood risk management. As of [update] the Environment Agency also has a strategic overview role for all flood and coastal erosion risk management.
The Thames Barrier was completed long before the EA was created but more recent examples of major defences against coastal flooding include the Medmerry managed realignment scheme in West Sussex in Activities to reduce consequences of flooding[ edit ] A remote controlled ARC-Boat that is used to collect river and estuarine data, assisting in flood forecasting  The Environment Agency provides flood forecasting and warning systems and maintains maps of areas liable to flood, as well as preparing emergency plans and responding when an event occurs.
The Environment Agency carries out an advisory function in development control — commenting on planning applications within flood risk areas, providing advice to assist planning authorities in ensuring that any development is carried out in line with the National Planning Policy Framework.
The agency provides technical advice on the flood risk assessment that must be submitted with most planning applications in flood risk areas.
The Agency also runs public awareness campaigns to inform those at risk who may be unaware that they live in an area that is prone to flooding, as well as providing information about what the flood warning codes and symbols mean and how to respond in the event of a flood.
Floodline covers England, Wales and Scotland but not Northern Ireland, and provides information and advice including property flood-risk checks, flood warnings, and flood preparation advice. It does this through the issue of formal consents to discharge or, in the case of large, complex or potentially damaging industries by means of a permit.
The Agency has an important role in conservation and ecology specifically along rivers and in wetlands. More general responsibility for the countryside and natural environment in England falls to the organisation Natural England.
The Environment Agency's activities support users of the rivers and wetlands, including anglers and boaters. Climate change[ edit ] The Agency states that they take a "leading role in limiting and preparing for the impacts of climate change.
This will soon include emissions from some large-scale agricultural activities, but air pollutant releases from many agricultural activities will continue to be unregulated.
Local authorities regulate air pollution from smaller industrial processes. The Agency works with local authorities, the Highways Agency and others to implement the UK government's air quality strategy in England as mandated in the Environment Act EPA's smart growth work helps communities grow in ways that expand economic opportunity while protecting human health and the environment.
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