River dredging in wake of flooding© Jeff Blackler/Rex/Shutterstock
More farmers could take over flood-risk watercourse maintenance from the Environment Agency, the government has suggested. It follows new guidance issued by Defra minister Therese Coffey, which could see more main rivers reclassified – or “de-mained” – as ordinary watercourses. At present, the Environment Agency usually undertakes maintenance, improvement and construction work on larger main rivers to manage flood risk. See also: Allow more farmers to maintain rivers, says NFU Smaller rivers and watercourses are usually looked after by local flood […]
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