Overall we are supportive of the proposed de-maining as laid out in the consultation. We believe that where circumstances are appropriate and flood risk is low, organisations such as Internal Drainage Boards often have superior local knowledge and are best placed to plan and carry out maintenance activities along rivers. This move will also allow local people to prioritise maintenance work in their areas as opposed to solely being subject to limited national funding which is awarded on a need-basis. While we are against any additional costs being transferred from the Environment Agency to local organisations, we are confident from the consultation document and supporting information that this will not occur as part of the proposed de-maining.
Rationalising the main river network: National Overview