Dredging of Rivers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1147
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you undertake to find out when all of London's rivers were last dredged?

Answer

Answer for Dredging of Rivers

Answer for Dredging of Rivers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Dredging is not likely to be particularly effective in managing flood risk in most locations in London. It can have significant environmental impacts and is an expensive activity that is required to be undertaken on a regular basis. 

Some dredging was undertaken as part of works to prepare the River Lee for the 2012 Games but this was primarily for environmental reasons rather than flood risk.

As Chair of my London Waterways Commission you are well placed to seek this information from the Environment Agency, Port of London Authority and the Canals and Rivers Trust.  Please come back to me with any suggestions should you find anything worthy of further action.