The Environment Agency team have been engaging with schools across the catchment to improve the community's flood resilience and foster open communication with the people who are affected by flooding.
This has included attending careers fairs at Calder High School, Ryburn Valley High School, and Todmorden High School, as well as visiting students at the Climate Challenge College at Todmorden Learning Centre.
Additionally, they have visited schools and hosted a session for a day, which included a presentation on who the Environment Agency are, as well as activities with engagement resources. This included a dirty water simulation tank to learn about the hazards of flood water; a flood tank model with natural and engineered flood defences to protect a valley in a flood scenario; and a Projected Augmented Relief Model (PARM) which demonstrates the proposed scheme and other details onto a 3D model.
In July, the Environment Agency part-sponsored the Open Space 70 Festival hosted by Hebden Arts. As part of this, they visited students at Old Town School, who, with the guide of local artist Fran Sierevogel from Handmade Parade, produced the artwork displayed in the Flood Information Centre, featured in the Arts Trail.
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