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Volunteer to help reduce flooding

Watercourse clearance

What is the project about?

Although it is the legal responsibility of the landowner to regularly clear watercourses on their land, sometimes, this can be difficult due to the size of the watercourse.

Our watercourse clearance programme focuses on clearing overgrown watercourses to reduce flood risk in the local area and to increase the free flow of water. This project is aimed at areas where several properties are at risk or residents need our help.

The project helps local communities to understand the role watercourses play in managing their own flood risk.

Who do we work with?

We work with Essex county Fire and Rescue Service to organise volunteering events to clear these small watercourses.

Other organisations and our volunteers, who are usually members of the local community, step in to help with equipment provided by the fire service.

What do we clear?

We clear vegetation and silt from watercourses which are an important part of the local drainage network.

Volunteer to clear a watercourse

We are always looking to make a difference in our communities. We've worked with communities all across the county to make a difference in their local area, but there’s always more to do.

 If you would like to get involved or find out more see our Volunteer Essex opportunity, or contact us by:

Where Does Water Go? Project

What is the project about?

The Where Does Water Go? project aims to let people know about all the ordinary watercourses we have in Essex and how they can affect our lives.

Who do we work with?

We work with:

  • Parishes
  • Local community groups and
  • Volunteers

Benefits of the project

The project helps us to:

  • identify watercourses that have an impact on local flood risk and  add them to the asset register so they can be monitored
  • identify landowners who are responsible for watercourses on their property and remind them of their riparian responsibilities if the ordinary watercourse is not maintained properly.
  • assist in flood investigations through information gained around drainage networks
  • let the different communities know and understand our role in flood risk management and the importance of ordinary watercourses.
  • assist the Essex Fire and Rescue service's targeted watercourse clearance programme with the information we have.

Volunteer in the Where Does Water Go? project

If you or your local community group would like to take part in the project, please email floods@essex.gov.uk or visit Volunteer Essex.