Drain and river management can be a contentious issue, especially after the floods last winter. Rivers and drains on many farms have not been maintained for a number of years and as result have become clogged up with silt, overgrown with vegetation or their banks have collapsed and blocked the water flow.

There is a common misconception that you are not allowed to clean rivers and drains any longer and this misinterpretation of the rules has resulted in the neglect of river and drain management.