River and coastal maintenance programmes
These documents show the maintenance work the Environment Agency plans to do between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017.
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Enter your postcode, a parish council or a local authority to find out what type of maintenance activities the Environment Agency (EA) may do near you and when they plan to do it.
This year the programmes also include some extra maintenance activities. This is due to additional funding from government to repair damage to flood and coastal assets caused by the winter floods.
EA consults with Natural England and the EA fisheries, recreation and biodiversity teams to ensure they consider the environment when undertaking maintenance activities.
Examples of activities in the programme are:
maintaining flood barriers and pumping stations
clearing grills and removing obstructions from rivers
controlling aquatic weed in rivers
managing grass, trees and bushes on flood embankments or
inspecting and repairing flood defence structures
The EA makes every effort to ensure the maintenance programme is up to date. Sometimes work may not go ahead at the planned time because of adverse weather, floods, available resource or national environmental incidents.
We are keen to receive feedback on both the content and presentation of the programme. Please send observations on the annual maintenance programme and suggestions as to how we might improve its presentation to Pub_Maintenance_Fbck@environment-agency.gov.uk.
The published maintenance programme does not include any work associated with the additional money received from the government, following the winter 2015 floods, for recovery and maintenance, the programme will be updated as soon as the preferred options for using this money have been identified.
If you own or manage land which includes a watercourse you have responsibilities, including maintenance. Find out more about your responsibilities and whether you need permission.
The ‘asset maintenance protocol’ sets out the EA approach to maintaining flood and coastal risk management assets in England.
The flood and coastal erosion risk management investment programme sets out how £2.3 billion is being spent on more than 1,500 projects to reduce the risks of flooding or coastal erosion to more than 300,000 households across England by March 2021. You can also view the 6 year investment programme on an interactive map.
Published: 26 June 2014
Updated: 7 April 2016
- Updated with 2016-17 Flood and Coastal Maintenance programme; greater search functionality - able to search by postcode, parish council and local authority.
- Updated programme for 2015 - 2016.
- An update to the programme following additional government funding.
- First published.