River Ouse Catchment Board Reports

These fascinating reports from 1937, 1938 and 1939 journals the work of the River Ouse Catchment Board, a predecessor authority of today’s Environment Agency.

The reports give an insight into the essential work of the catchment board; to quote from the 1939 report “Land Drainage and Flood Prevention is essentially a ‘long-term’ service”, a service that was soon to be impacted by the world events of 1939 to 1945.

These detailed journals give the reader an impression of the level of investment and maintenance made on the Ouse and her tributaries just before the war, it makes reference to function of the main rivers authority and internal drainage boards, giving a fascinating insight into the practices of the day.

We are grateful that these records have been carefully preserved for many decades by our most experienced Board Member, Mr John Duckitt Esq. and now digitised as works of reference for future flood risk managers.

The 1937 Report

The 1938 Report

The 1939 Report