Archive centreCarlisle
TitleCumberland River Authority
DescriptionIncludes records of the predecessor bodies - the Derwent Board of Conservators; West Cumberland Fishery Board; Upper Derwent and Wampool Catchment Board; West Cumberland Rivers Catchment Board and the Cumberland River Board
River Boards were set up under the River Boards Act, 1948 and were responsible for land drainage, salmon and freshwater fisheries and prevention of river pollution; functions that had previously (since the Middle Ages) been dealt with separately.
Each river system or group of rivers in England and Wales was brought under the control of a river board and hence their boundaries, in general, did not coincide with local government boundaries. In certain circumstances, river boards were responsible for navigation undertakings.
By the Water Resources Act 1963, 29 River Authorities were created. These were abolished under the Water Act 1973 and were replaced by Regional Water Authorities.
Annual reports, 1912-1924; Standing orders, 1912; Report of J Arthur Hutton on his visit to the River Derwent, 1916
ContextThe river authority was created under the Water Resources Act 1963 and took over all aspects of river management previously carried out by the Cumberland River Board. The authority had new responsibility for water resources, with emphasis on the conservation of water and planning to meet future demand. * Items marked with an asterisk are part of two earlier accessions. The fifth annual report of the Cumberland River Authority was transferred from the Clerk's Department and all other items marked by an asterisk were transferred by the Anglian Water Authority Welland and Nene River Division, Northants as a gift, through Cambridgeshire Record Office and Barrow Record Office on 11 April 1984
Related material675/1-2 Annual Reports 1965-1974
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