Our waterways are important because they contribute to economic, environmental and social regeneration. It is this diversity of purpose that makes them so valuable to our local area.
Waterways are integral to flood risk management and land drainage in the Yorkshire Wolds, the East Riding and Hull. Good land and water management is essential for protecting businesses, communities and the environment.
Waterways are a key characteristic of our natural environment. As part of our assemblage of blue-green infrastructure, they provide vital services such as clean drinking water and habitats for plants and wildlife.
The uniqueness of our waterways help to define the distinctive character of the East Riding, creating a sense of place with their fascinating history and heritage.
Our waterways add to the East Riding’s visitor offer, providing opportunities for recreation, navigation and wildlife spotting. They also promote health and wellbeing as they can be used as places for leisure, relaxation, learning and contemplation.