Riverside guide explains responsibilities and risks of ‘Living on the Edge’

Environment Agency
Environment Agency

People living near rivers are being urged to read the Environment Agency’s updated guidance on their role in minimising the risks posed by water.

November is the organisation’s official flood promotion month, aimed at raising awareness to reduce the threat of flooding.

For over a decade, the ‘Living on the Edge’ publication has helped people understand the responsibilities that go along with being a riverside property owner.

These ‘riparian rights’ are regularly altered by changes in the law, and the Environment Agency create this guide to keep people up-to-date with what they must do to the watercourse that flows through or adjacent to their property.

The fourth edition of the guide has now been released, and is available for free as a booklet or via download on the Environment Agency’s website.

Neil Pope, from the Environment Agency, said: “We strongly recommend that anybody living near to a watercourse takes a few minutes to read the guide.

“Living on the Edge is the essential guide for anyone living by a watercourse. Reading it will help them to understand their legal responsibilities.

“The guide gives some easy-to-understand bullet points on landowners’ responsibilities to the river, which if not fully grasped could result in action being brought against you.”

The new edition of ‘Living on the Edge’ reflects recent changes in the law, especially the strengthened role of local authorities and Internal Drainage Boards in local flood risk management.

It also includes a jargon-busting explanation of river terms, an explanation of the Environment Agency’s role and a comprehensive list of contact information for further advice.

To order a booklet, call 03708 506 506 or go to http://publications.environment-agency.gov.uk/display.php?name=FLHO0912BWUP-E-E

The guide is also available for download at http://www.environment–agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31626.aspx

It is also available online at http://www.environment–agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31626.aspx