About Us

Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) operate in the low lying fen and valley areas, maintaining pumping stations and drainage channels to ensure that people are safe and the risk of flooding is greatly reduced.

The Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Level Management Board (the Board) covers an area of 28,737ha running from the Ouse following the west bank of the Trent moving south west down to Markham Moor. With a small focussed team we maintain 450km of watercourse and operate 20 pumping stations. Click here for map of the area.

The Board works to deliver sustainable, efficient and cost effective water level management for the benefit and protection of people, property, business, land and the environment. We believe that local knowledge is essential and wherever possible we work with the local community to ensure a cost-effective, pragmatic approach to water level management in the Isle.

With very low lying land most of the tops of our watercourses are at or close to sea level and without the work of the Board most of the land would either be flooded permanently or seasonally waterlogged. Regular maintenance of the Board’s systems plays a significant role in protecting the local population and infrastructure.

Powers under the Land Drainage Act 1991 and the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 enable the Board and its partners to ensure that proper drainage is considered by all developers, land owners and home owners/occupiers.

For more information on how we achieve this visit the ‘services’ and ‘works’ sections of our website.

The Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA) have produced a map of the UK showing all IDB areas, please visit their website for more information (https://www.ada.org.uk/member_type/idbs/)