Policy paper

River and coastal maintenance programme April 2013 to March 2014

The timetable of maintenance work carried out by the Environment Agency to reduce the risk of flooding.


River and coastal maintenance programme April 2013 to March 2014

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This document shows the programme of Environment Agency (EA) river and coastal maintenance work. It includes routine activities and a range of other activities. For example:

  • maintaining flood barriers and pumping stations
  • clearing grills and removing obstructions from rivers
  • controlling aquatic weed within rivers
  • managing grass, trees and bushes on our flood embankments
  • inspection and repair of flood defence structures

Enter your postcode to get a description of when and what maintenance activities the EA may undertake near you.

The EA consults with Natural England and EA fisheries, recreation and biodiversity teams. Routine maintenance activities typically happen annually.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the maintenance programme is kept up to date, the exact timing of any specific maintenance activity may be affected by adverse weather and flood incidents, available resource or national environmental incidents that may prevent the work being completed as planned.

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 Environment Agency’s approach to maintaining flood and coastal risk management assets in England.

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