Ref no44840
TitleRecords of the National Rivers Authority (Wessex Region), its predecessors and successors
Date1943 - 2005
DescriptionMinutes (1943-2005); plans (1933- 1978); photographs (1970s - 1980s)
Extent8 boxes, 1 parcel
Administrative historyThe Land Drainage Act of 1930 established a series of catchment boards responsible for managing the effective drainage of low-lying lands near the main rivers of England and Wales, one of which was the River Avon (Bristol) Catchment Board. Following the River Boards Act of 1948, responsibility for land drainage, fisheries and river pollution was transferred from the River Avon (Bristol) Catchment Board to the Bristol Avon River Board, which in turn was replaced by the Bristol Avon River Authority following the Water Resources Act, 1963. The Bristol Avon River Authority was one of a number of authorities and boards, along with North Wilts Water Board, that was then subsumed into Wessex Water Authority, one of ten regional water authorities that came into existence in 1974. Following the privatisation of the regional water authorities, including Wessex Water Authority in 1989, the National Rivers Authority was established to manage those responsibilities of the regional water authorities not carried forward to the newly privatised companies, including land drainage, fisheries, and flood defences. In 1996 the roles and responsibilities of the National Rivers Authority were taken over by the Environment Agency, a non-departmental public body created by the Environment Act, 1995.
ArrangementIn the interest of the user, the material has been arranged into sub-collections as determined by the specific authority or board as outlined in the Admin History. Each sub-collection is then arranged by function.
Related materialsee also: 35510/Ass/4; 38744
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