Land Drainage in England and Wales


    ONE of the most insistent problems of recent years in the domestic legislation of Great Britain has been that of land drainage. There are many and extensive areas in England and Wales where efficient drainage is a vital necessity to the safety, health and welfare of the inhabitants. Inundations which have afflicted such districts in the past, and even now, in spite of definitely organized preventive measures, can still cause widespread devastation with loss of life and property and possible epidemics of disease, have been a source of constant and anxious concern to successive Governments. Ultimately, a Royal Commission was appointed to investigate the matter, and in 1927 its report appeared, making a series of recommendations of a striking and drastic character, which, supported by public opinion, were, after full discussion, embodied in the Land Drainage Act, 1930. Since that date, a fundamental and revolutionary change has been taking place in the drainage administration of the country; and an account of the operations and proceedings taken under the Act has recently appeared*.

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    Land Drainage in England and Wales. Nature 140, 823–824 (1937).

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