Our role in drainage districts
Natural Resources Wales's primary role with regard to drainage districts is to manage water levels and reduce flood risk through the management and maintenance of drainage channels, ordinary watercourses, pumping stations and control structures.
Work undertaken in drainage districts helps to sustain and protect the following activities:
- Agriculture and the environment
- Recreation and education
- People and communities
- Industrial and commercial Assets
- Utilities and transport
Improvements through maintenance
Routine maintenance activities typically take place annually, subject to economic justification. Our programme is agreed following consultation with our own fisheries, recreation, biodiversity and conservation teams and with the Drainage District Advisory Groups. This ensures that the natural environment is maintained and, where possible, improved as a result of our maintenance work.
All funds raised within a drainage district are spent on maintaining and managing our watercourses and associated structures. We focus our efforts on activities that help us to manage land drainage, water levels and flood risk. Our maintenance activities are carried out in line with Welsh Government policy and where there are economic and environmental justifications for intervention.
Examples of our work
The work activities we undertake include:
- Controlling aquatic weeds in drainage channels
- Removing silt and gravel from drainage channels
- Maintaining pumping stations and water control structures
- Clearing grills and removing obstructions from drainage channels
Find out what work is planned in your area
Our maintenance programmes for each district include a range of routine activities which are carried out throughout the year. You can see descriptions of the maintenance activities we may undertake near you, and when these are likely to be carried out, in our 2015-16 maintenance timetables.
Please note that while every effort is made to ensure that our maintenance programme is kept up to date, the exact timing of specific maintenance activity may be affected by adverse weather and flood incidents, as well as by available resources and environmental incidents. This may prevent the work from being completed as planned.