Internal Drainage Board
The River Stour Internal Drainage Board (IDB) is a public sector organisation which is responsible for land drainage in the River Stour area, as well as flood protection. The IDB works on behalf of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to reduce flooding on agricultural, residential and industrial land. Board members are appointed by district councils and elected by land drainage ratepayers. In order to maintain water levels at a safe and suitable level the IDB carries out an annual programme of maintenance works.