Droughts: Lincolnshire

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Chair, Public Accounts Commission

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to mitigate the effects of any potential drought in Lincolnshire.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Following the exceptional shortage of rainfall over the last 18 months Lincolnshire is in a drought.

The Environment Agency's drought team in Lincolnshire meets regularly to plan and implement agreed actions. The meetings include representatives from Anglian Water and the National Farmers Union.

Advice has been given to all water users in relation to the potential impacts and how they can help. The Environment Agency will continue to provide advice and updates as the situation develops.

The Environment Agency is closely monitoring the impact of the drought on the environment and will respond to any environmental incidents as result of this, for example by undertaking fish rescues where appropriate.

The Environment Agency will continue to operate a number of water transfer schemes, including a scheme that pumps water from the River Trent into the rivers Witham and Ancholme. This is used to support public water supply, industry and agriculture in the county.

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