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The type of benefits which can be delivered by improving urban water environments include:

i)                    reducing flood risk and helping to deliver flood risk management planning,

ii)                  creating opportunities to access the natural environment, providing new open spaces for amenity and recreation, and green networks for wildlife and people;

iii)                reducing the heat island effect;

iv)                reducing urban water pollution by incorporating sustainable drainage schemes and remediating contaminated land and

v)                  improving fish passage and in-stream and riparian habitats.

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