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What is an ordinary watercourse?

An ordinary watercourse is a watercourse which does not form part of a main river and may not hold water all the time. It includes:

  • rivers
  • streams
  • ditches
  • drains
  • culverts
  • dikes
  • sluices
  • sewers and
  • passages, through which water flows that are not classified as a main river by the Environment Agency

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