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Essex County Council Ordinary Watercourse Maintenance Guide

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.

Members of the Floods Team, along with volunteers who are usually members of the local community, step in to help using equipment provided by the Floods Team

What do we clear?

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

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, find out more or want to let us know of a suitable ditch in your area please see our Volunteer Essex opportunity, or contact us by:

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