Welcome to the  proactive website, a part of the Proactive Catchment Management philosophy. This new look website is constantly under development with new information and sites.

The proactive ... approach is a dynamic philosophy geared towards intervening in the environment to improve water quality, reduce flood risk and diffuse pollution, recycle waste and introduce renewable energy generation into farming. This includes diffuse pollution management, flood management at source, waste recycling on farms, decision support tools, demonstration sites and modelling. this is an interventionist approach we call Catchment System Engineering.



Nov 2nd.   A radical new approach to flood management has been published today by Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee entitled              ‘Future Flood Prevention ‘

Dr Paul Quinn form the School Civil Engineering and Geosciences acted as a special advisor to the EFRA committee and over the last 6 months has actively contributed to the fact finding and conclusions of the report.

Paul later entered the debate on local radio

Radio Newcastle, a pleasant chat about leaky dams and farms   ...

Radio Cumbria, a more juicy debate about reforming the EA ...

Later, Dorothy Fairburn from the CLA responded to the first interveiw.. and she gave a very intersting balanced response to the report ...


Radio 5 Live. Paul Quinn talks about the future of flood management following the publication of the National Flood Resilience Review

With the publishing of the National Flood Resilience Review, Paul commended the work done so far. He stressed that this was just the first of a number of reports that will be published to address the long term problems of flooding. ‘We have a lot of flood water coming our way’, so we must fix our existing defences and have temporary barriers for more rapid disposal. There are so many vital infrastructure assets at risk that must be protect in the short term. Then we can make 25 year plan to slow and store flow in our catchments.



ITV Border Extended News Item - Haltwhistle

n.b. the video is at the bottom of the page


Chronicle News Item


BBC News Item - Kerplunk feature at Haltwhistle


Paul Quinn in partnership with EA and AMCO win the ICE North East Robert Stephenson Prize 2015, for the Belford Natural Flood Management Scheme


Marc Stutter (JHI) has written an excellent summary in the Scotsman on the 'Holding Water' Workshop that was held in London in November


We are also working with the FLOW PARTNERSHIP to see if we can move the NFM and catchment agenda froward. Please have a look and help contribute to the big push!


CIWEM NFM confernce

I Presented a talk entitled Headwaters and Flooding. This presentation and several other great talks can be seen at

NFM September 10th. It was given the name 'Managing Flood Risk in Headwater Catchments' - hence I was stressing that Headwaters are everywhere and not just in the uplands!



Our Natural Flood Management Report (using Runoff Attenuation Features) can now be found under The Belford Link


BBC articles citing the Belford case study

 The One Show

BBC online

  Back-to-nature flood schemes need 'government leadership'

  How do you stop flooding?

  Farmers urged by WWF to do more to prevent flooding

The Newcastle Journal - Pioneering Northumberland flood defence scheme proves a big success

Newcastle University front page and press release -  ‘Natural’ engineering offers solution against future flooding

Netherton Burn Runoff Management Project - Northumberland National Park awarded the Project and the local farmers the 2013 Natural Resources Innovation Prize.

CIRIA have produced an excellent review on Flood Management citing Belford, The Hodder and the FARM tool as examples.

MS4W PDF 4,617Kb

Nafferton Farm Water Quantity and Quality study