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  1. Dredging in Somerset is essential in the short term. It has given enough time for the EA to improve the flood relief channel – the Sowy/Kings Sedgemoor Drain snd for upstream projects to start. The EA modelling does show that water capacity is significantly improved by dredging at the pinchpoint where the Tone meets the Parrett. But the Parrett is a very unusual river in thst it has an exceptionally high tidal range (it is tidal to the pinchpoint) and carries a very high sediment load. The EA hàs identified the crucial points for dredging and great efforts have been made to make the dredging operation as environmentally sensitive as possible.

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