Managing the River

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The Environment Agency manages a significant proportion of the region’s rivers network, known as the Anglian Waterways stretching from Bedford to the Humber Estuary. This includes the rivers Great Ouse, Nene, Ancholme, Welland, Glen, Stour and the Black Sluice navigation.

The Anglian waterways are a unique asset and cover over 568km (353 miles) of river with associated locks and other facilities. They form part of our environmental and cultural inheritance and contribute to the local distinctiveness of this area. They also act as a catalyst for urban and rural regeneration, stimulate leisure, recreation and tourism, and can contribute to an integrated transport system.

Photograph by Graham Hanson