Do you know if you’re a ‘riparian owner’? This is someone who has a watercourse, ditch, stream, river or culvert that runs adjacent to, through or under their land or property.

This applies even if it does not fall within your property boundary as set out by your Title Deeds.

All riparian owners are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of their watercourses to ensure that they are not a flood risk to other people, roads, paths or properties.

Riparian ownership – Frequently asked questions (westsussex.gov.uk)