The Environment Agency is working with landowners on a maintenance ‘pilot’ in the Brue catchment to help riparian landowners to undertake maintenance on the main rivers for themselves and to publicise the Environment Agency’s maintenance programme.

Benefits of the Brue Pilot

The pilot in the Brue Catchment will enable landowners to undertake work on main rivers which the Environment Agency can no longer justify. This will facilitate local land drainage benefit. Where the Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) identifies the need for consent (within designated areas) these will be fast tracked with Natural England to enable work to progress efficiently.

The pilot will deliver a better understanding within the catchment of Environment Agency maintenance programmes, budgets and the limitations which Environment Agency will face in the future.

The pilot will help improve working relationships between landowners and the Environment Agency as we work together to deliver a positive outcome for the River Brue and surrounding catchment. The whole catchment should be considered and help and advice on catchment management will also be available.

To promote the pilot, and to explain more about the Environment Agency maintenance programme in the Brue catchment, the Environment Agency  has scheduled an open day at the Bradney depot on Thursday 27th February 2014 (address and directions available from the Somerset Drainage Board Consortium offices).

During the day the Environment Agency will be explaining their maintenance practices, showcasing their machinery and providing information and advice. The day will be split into two sessions, 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. There will be light refreshments available.

If you would like to attend one of the sessions at the open day then please let us know,  including the number of people and your preferred session time by Monday February 10th 2014.

Contact us on: email: drainage.boards@btconnect.com quoting ‘Agency open day’ in the subject bar, or by telephone: 01278 789906 quoting ‘Agency open day’.