Entries by kate.pollard

Fens Reservoir Consultation

Anglian Water and Cambridge Water’s phase two consultation for the proposed reservoir in the Fens is now open and will run from 30th May 2024 until 23:59pm on 9th August 2024. All phase two consultation materials can be accessed via the project website www.fensreservoir.co.uk as well as details of their community engagement events. The proposed […]


Middle Level – Weed Management 2024

Having successfully managed pumping operations through the wettest winter on record, our focus is now on our embankment and in-channel maintenance programme. The wet and relatively warm winter has meant we’ve had to adjust our plans. In terms of in-channel management of aquatic weed, which is particularly important to those boating on our 160km of […]


Boat Removal Protocol

The Middle Level Commissioners are responsible for the regulation on the Middle Level navigable waterways as outlined in Schedule One of the Middle Level Act (2018). This includes within marinas connected to our navigable waterways. Regulation and enforcement are a necessary part of our role as a navigation authority and this includes for the power […]

2023/24 Broke Records for Pumping at St Germans

St Germans is the largest land drainage pumping station in the UK, working in combination with over 70 smaller stations, hundreds of km of drains and raised embankments, to keep our Fens relatively dry and protect local communities and the economy from flooding. We are hoping for a drier 2024/25 but need to plan for […]

New water point installed at MLC Office mooring in March

We are delighted to let our boaters know that we have now installed a water point at our office mooring. Whilst our mooring remains a private mooring the section closest to our neighbour Fox Narrowboats is now available primarily for visitors to our office to use. This is where the water point is located. If […]

A Record Breaking Month for Pumping

February 2024 proved to be a record breaker within a record-breaking year for pumping at St Germans, the UK’s largest land drainage pumping station. In February we pumped 58,490 Megalitres of water at St Germans, the equivalent of the volume of 14.6 Wembley Stadiums and the greatest volume we have ever pumped in a calendar […]

Pumping Volumes at St Germans Pumping Station

For the period October – December 2023 we pumped 80,812 Megalitres of water at St Germans Pumping Station to protect lives and livelihoods from flooding. This is the equivalent of 32,325 Olympic sized swimming pools. This is the most we have pumped at the station over an October – December period. It is worth remembering […]

OFGEM’s Review of Standing Charges

Our response to OFGEM’s review of standing charges We welcome OFGEM’s call for input into its review of standing charges. We feel that the Targeted Charging Review did not consider the bespoke needs and role of the Internal Drainage Board (IDB) sector within its concept and therefore its implementation has been unfair. Here at the […]


Water Level Update – 4th January 2024 – 09:30am

Whilst the skies may be clear today, our drainage system is under stress. Yesterday saw St Germans Pumping Station discharging 77 cubic metres of water per second. We have never previously needed to pump to this level. There are still vast quantities of water within our system, being pumped into our system by Internal Drainage […]

Pumping Operations Trial – October 2023 to March 2024

Given our changing climate, we need to explore if and how the Middle Level system could be operated more efficiently and effectively. We have produced a briefing to explain the background and context for a pumping operations trial that we recently commenced, with Storm Babet being the first test within this.