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The Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has a number of regional offices and, along with carrying out other functions, is responsible for flood defence in England and Wales. It has powers under the Water Resources Act 1991, Land Drainage Act 1991, and the Environment Act 1995 which provide for:

  • General supervision over all aspects of flood defence
  • Installation and operation of flood warnings
  • Construction and maintenance of sea, tidal and fluvial defences
  • Improving and maintaining "Main Rivers"
  • Regulating activities in and alongside river systems and defences on Main River and other waterways, except those within an Internal Drainage Board district
  • Duties for conservation

Last updated Monday, 20th November 2017

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