The department says that reclassifying responsibility for the rivers will benefit local communities by allowing those most familiar with the land to take control of the watercourses, while ensuring that the agency can better prioritise resources to where they can most effectively reduce flood risk.
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Schemes announced to receive £15m of natural flood management funding
Environment minister Thérése Coffey has announced details of projects which have been allocated funding for natural flood defences. As part of a drive to roll out innovative techniques to reduce flood risk. 34 community led projects have been named as winners of a £1m government funded competition, the first of its kind, enabling them to realise plans to use landscape features such as ponds, banks, meanders, channels, and trees to store, drain or slow flood water.