The project aims to identify critical watercourses (ditches, culverts etc.) and their landowners as well as educate the community about their riparian responsibilities. This information will assist with the understanding of your local drainage system as well as increase community engagement and where necessary Essex Fire and Rescue can assist with their volunteer watercourse clearance programme.

The survey consists of collecting three pieces of data; location, condition and dimension. The project will run from September to April, at this time watercourses are more visible due to vegetation die back and an increase in water. Throughout the trial we have received positive reviews from the majority of the parishes one of whom enjoyed the project so much they took the survey one step further and educated locals about the watercourse they live near as well as reporting issues to a variety of agencies including the Environment Agency, Anglian Water and District Councils. They have now set up a flood action group, so far this group has helped organise a volunteer ditch clearance event which helped vulnerable adults whom had a watercourse to maintain.

This year the project will be completed within over 10 parishes including; Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet, Coggeshall, Goldhanger, Halstead, Heybridge, North Fambridge, Rawreth, Steeple Bumpstead, Thaxted and Wickham Bishops.

If you are interested in joining the project at any of these locations or feel that this project will benefit your community then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express an interest.

Wednesday 11th November 2015.

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