Post by TonyDunkley on Feb 19, 2020 12:23:33 GMT
The fact that you've been involved in the construction of some flood defences in the course of a career in civil engineering hardly qualifies you to hold an informed opinion on their effectiveness in comparison with dredging out siltation 'choke points' that otherwise impede a river's ability to get rid of excess water as quickly as possible.
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I don't think you know anything specific about EA's or CRT's usefulness or lack thereof in this respect. What specialist training, knowledge and experience do you have in matters of flood defences relevant to the Somerset Levels other than the popular non-technical opinion that more dredging must be a good thing?
This thread is not about the Somerset Levels ! The whole point behind opening the topic is the effect on flooding that many years of very little or no dredging have had, and are now having, on our navigable rivers and river navigations.
Had you taken the trouble to read what I actually said in the second post I made on page 1 of this thread you would have realized that my mention of the Somerset Levels was only in response to to a question from Dogless asking - "what can be done ?". I merely cited the effectiveness of public pressure on the EA and the Government in getting what the locals believed to be much needed and overdue dredging done, . . I did NOT claim to have any personal experience or knowledge of flooding, or the means of alleviating it, on the Somerset Levels.
As for your questioning of what I specifically know with regard to the usefulness of the EA and C&RT [as maintainers of navigations], and any - "specialist training, knowledge and experience" that I have, . . how about what I've learned from a total of 64 years of boating of one form or another, with 49 of those years (my last commercial boating work ended in July 2013) on UK inland waterways operating a range of cargo carrying commercial vessels from narrowboats carrying around 50 tons on a pair up to 500 ton capacity barges, river and canal tugs, crane-barges, and various other forms of maintenance, dredging, and specialized AIL and contracting craft ? You may question the extent of my - "specialist training, knowledge and experience", but when UK Boatmaster's Licences became mandatory in 2007, I was one of the handful of people to whom the MCA issued an unrestricted UK Boatmaster's Licence under what is generally known as 'grandfather rights'. Is that good enough for you ?