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House of Lords written question HL296.

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL296, tabled on 29 June 2017

Her Majesty's Government what protections are in place to safeguard wetlands from the effects of dredging.

Answered on

13 July 2017

There are a number of protections in place to safeguard wetlands from the effects of dredging, these vary dependent on the type of wetland, its environmental classification and under whose jurisdiction it falls.

Main rivers are regulated by the Environment Agency under the Environmental Permitting Regulations, allowing the Agency to fulfil its environmental duties under the Environment Act 1995 and the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.

Ordinary Watercourses are managed by local Risk Management Authorities such as Internal Drainage Boards and District Councils1, who can protect wetlands using byelaws, under the Land Drainage Act 1991. Controlled waters, are also protected from harm to their physical structure under the Water Resources Act 1991.

1 County Councils which are RMAs cannot write byelaws for the purpose of regulating effects on the environment. see Land Drainage Act 1991 section 66 (1A).