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River and coastal maintenance programmes

This document shows the Environment Agency’s maintenance programme covering the period 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018.


River and coastal maintenance programme September 2017 to March 2018

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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 may do near you and when they plan to do it.

The Environment Agency consults with Natural England and the Environment Agency fisheries, recreation and biodiversity teams to ensure we consider the environment when undertaking maintenance activities. We also share this information with regional flood and coastal committees and other partners.

2017/8 is the first year that we have used our Asset Information Management System (AIMS) Planning system. AIMS:Planning will help make our asset maintenance planning, allocation and delivery more efficient, effective and transparent. This will enable us to update the programme quarterly, from the end Q1 2017/18, recognising that plans change during the year.

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 Environment Agency makes every effort to ensure the maintenance programme is up to date. However, sometimes work may not go ahead at the stated time due to adverse weather, floods, or other operational and environmental considerations.

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

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.

Guide for landowners and farmers: River maintenance and drainage charges

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
Last updated 4 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Attachment LIT 10016 updated to Quarter 2 2017/18 version. Summary updated
  2. Updated attachment. Changed document type to Transparency Data
  3. Updated with 2017-18 Flood and Coastal Maintenance programme
  4. Updated with 2016-17 Flood and Coastal Maintenance programme; greater search functionality - able to search by postcode, parish council and local authority.
  5. Updated programme for 2015 - 2016.
  6. An update to the programme following additional government funding.
  7. First published.