Minister Brian Hayes Launches Public Consultation Phase of Draft Dodder Catchment Flood Risk Assessment & Management Study (CFRAM)
Minister Brian Hayes T.D today launched the Public Consultation Phase of the Draft River Dodder Catchment Flood Risk Assessment & Management Study (CFRAM) in County Hall, Dún Laoghaire. A range of stakeholders, including the public, will now have the opportunity to review and make comments on study outputs and to participate in the decision-making process for the next 12 weeks.
Speaking at the launch Minister Hayes said that “the views of the stakeholders and the public are highly important in this process and the public are again being consulted at this final stage of the pilot phase”.
The CFRAM study was commissioned in June 2011 and is part of an overall programme being undertaken by the OPW in line with national flood policy and the EU Floods Directive. The aims of the study are the assessment and sustainable management of flood risk in the Eastern district, which incorporates all or part of 12 local authority areas, including Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
A preliminary flood risk assessment was completed in 2011 and it identified areas that require further assessment to determine their risk of flooding. For these ‘Areas for Further Assessment’, flood risk maps and hazard maps will be drawn up by December 2013 and Flood Risk Management Plans will be developed by December 2015. These Plans will include measures to address flood prevention, protection and preparedness.
“I am happy to say that, despite current budgetary constraints I have been able to ensure that capital funds to OPW have been committed to the extent of €45m per year up to 2016 to cover both the Flood Risk Management Programme and to enable a continuation of investment in major capital flood protection works nationally. The Flood Risk Management Programme, therefore, will retain a high priority for the next few years”, said Minister Hayes.
The Public Consultation Phase in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown runs in County Hall, Dún Laoghaire and the Council Offices in Dundrum from Wednesday 7th March to Wednesday 6th June 2012.
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