Stategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
The SEA process can be broken down into a number of key stages as illustrated in the diagram below.
Stage 1 - Screening
Stage 1 (screening) is now complete. This identified that the application of the SEA process is appropriate for the Lee Catchment Flood Risk Management Plan.
Stage 2 - Scoping
The scoping stage of the project is complete. Environmental data and plans relevant to the catchment have been gathered and analysed over the last number of months. As part of the scoping process, a workshop was held with local and government environmental organisations which was used to identify the key environmental issues in the catchment and develop a set of environmental objectives for the study. An Environmental Scoping Report, summarising the scoping stage of the SEA, was published in April 2007. This report describes the environmental characteristics of the Lee Catchment, presents our initial understanding of the key environmental issues within the catchment relating to flooding and its management, and identifies a set of proposed environmental objectives for the study. The proposed environmental objectives will be used in the next stages of the study to: (1) inform the identification and development of potential flood risk management options; and (2) appraise the identified options to identify the preferred strategic options.
The Environmental Scoping Report is a statement of our understanding of the catchment at the present time. This will develop as the project progresses and will be informed by the views and knowledge of external stakeholders and the general public. Click here to download your copy or go to the downloads section. A summary of the report is available in Irish at the following link
Stage 3 - Baseline
Baseline data has been collected to provide a baseline against which the significant environmental effects of the Flood Risk Management Plan can be measured and assessed. The baseline data has been used to identify the key environmental issues and trends that characterise the Lee catchment.
Stage 4 - Assessment of options
The SEA forms a key part of the identification and assessment of potential flood risk management options. The environmental objectives identified during the scoping stage have been reviewed and refined following consultation and are being used to test the environmental acceptability of potential options, as part of the overall option assessment process.
This stage will conclude with an assessment of the impacts of the identified preferred options - which form the flood risk management strategy for the Lee Catchment. This will identify the positive and negative effects and any associated mitigation and monitoring requirements.
Stage 5 - Reporting
Following the assessment of options and the identification of the preferred flood risk management strategy for the Lee Catchment, a separate report will be prepared to document the SEA process – an Environmental Report. This report will build on the information presented in the Environmental Scoping Report and will describe the options assessment process and the predicted environmental effects, and associated mitigation and monitoring requirements, of the identified flood risk management strategy. This report will be published with the draft Catchment Flood Risk Management Plan in mid - 2009 and comments will be invited.
Reservoir at Inishcarra
Daly Bridge in Cork City
The key activities to the project are
Final edition of Lee CFRAMS newsletter (more)
Consultation on the SEA Environmental Report (more)
Non-Technical Summary for SEA Environmental Report published(more)
Consultation on the draft Flood Risk Management Plan (more)
Consultation on Lee Predictive Floodmaps (more)