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Maintenance of ditches and other watercourses

Find details about maintenance of watercourses in Suffolk and information on how we can enforce against negligent landowners.

Small watercourses like ditches, streams, and brooks play a large role in managing flood risk in many parts of Suffolk. They can also be a great home for wildlife. This is why it is very important to keep these watercourses in a good condition and flowing unimpeded.    

However, knowing who is responsible for watercourse maintenance is not always clear and can get confusing. There are also some important regulations which are often unknown to those that they apply to. This page aims to clarify these things and give an understanding of which organisation or individual is responsible for what.