Watercourse maintenance problems!
The Environment Agency has replaced dredging for flood defence purposes with 'flood risk management' which can be cheaply and safely accomplished from a keyboard in a warm dry office. The EA also took over responsibility for all 'Main River' (Critical ordinary watercourses) from the local authorities - then abandoned maintenance!! The truth is that the EA is short of engineers with appropriate qualifications and experience!
Do you have problems with your local drains and watercourses?
Are they silted, blocked, over-grown, dirty or uncared for?
Not carrying the water they used to due to lack of dredging?
Are the Environment Agency (or your local authority) neglecting maintenance?
Have you highlighted the problem and not received the right response?
Have you ever been refused permission to maintain a watercourse?
Are the Environment Agency threatening or taking legal action against you?
If you have experienced any of these problems, please let me know the details:
You may find the information below useful:
9/9/08 - 'Channel maintenance' (Environment Agency briefing note)
Defra Guidebook of Applied Fluvial Geomorphology (7mB)
21/1/09 - Lack of watercourse (Main River) maintenance (Datchet)(1.1Mb)
24/11/08 - EA 'will not carry out maintenance on watercourses and defences'
1/11/08 - Eureka! Watercourse maintenance (460kB)
30/10/08 - Is this really a watercourse?(550kB)
12/10/08 - Wraysbury Drain blocked (360kB)