Public Sector Cooperation


Building partnerships

ADA has been working with the Environment Agency, internal drainage boards and local authorities to encourage closer partnerships in flood and water level management across England. The aim is to achieve better and more efficient working practices that utilise local skills and expertise.

Public Sector Cooperation Agreements


ADA and the Environment Agency have developed a guidance document and agreement template for use by Risk Management Authorities across England. These Public Sector Co-operation Agreements (PSCAs) have been developed to allow two public sector bodies to set out how they will deliver public tasks of mutual benefit together. Each agreement places both parties on a sound legal basis to efficiently deliver river and coastal maintenance works and provide mutual assistance during flood events and subsequent flood recovery works.

PSCA Case study: South Forty Foot Drain

The Black Sluice IDB undertook works with the Environment Agency using a small scale cutter suction dredger provided by Smals Dredging UK Ltd to carefully remove silt deposits from the bed of the South Forty Foot Drain, near Boston in Lincolnshire. The aim of the work was to restore the capacity of the channel within the 17th century raised bank main river to improve conveyance. Water quality, fish and other environmental criteria were carefully monitored as part of the work.

All of the works are being carried out within the Public Sector Cooperation Agreement between the IDB and the Environment Agency.

PSCA Case study: Tidal River Nene

North Level District IDB have, in partnership with the Environment Agency and other organisations, undertaken extensive repairs to 20km of the Cradge Bank along the tidal River Nene in Cambridgeshire. The embankment is an integral part of the strategic flood storage area, known as the Whittlesey Washes, to the east of Peterborough. Works undertaken were to restore the capacity of the tidal river and the material removed used to reshape and repair the profile of the embankment. (Video by Spare Wheel Productions)