Ditches and watercourses
Responsibility for ditches and watercourses is shared between the Environmental Agency, Oxfordshire Country Council, the District Council and riparian owners.
Report a drainage problem with a ditch or watercourse:
The Environment Agency
These include the River Thames, River Windrush, River Cherwell, and their major tributaries, eg Queen Emma's Dyke, Shill Brook, Coombe Brook and the Rivers Glyme and Dorn.
The Environment Agency maintains these main rivers or can serve 'notice' to ensure that riparian owners maintain them.
West Oxfordshire District Council
As the local authority, we also inspect ditches under private riparian ownership that have been identified as a possible cause of flooding and, where applicable, will contact the riparian owner to remind them of their responsibilities.
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