The Environment Agency

The Environment Agency

Who we are

We were established in 1996 to protect and improve the environment. We have around 10,600 employees. Our head office is in Bristol and we have another office in London. We have offices across England, divided into 16 areas.

The Suffolk area is part of our South East Division and is in the area – Essex Norfolk and Suffolk

What we do

We work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.

Within England we’re responsible for:

  • regulating major industry and waste
  • treatment of contaminated land
  • water quality and resources
  • fisheries
  • inland river, estuary and harbour navigations
  • conservation and ecology

We are also responsible for managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea.

Lead local flood authorities are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses and lead on community recovery, including making sandbags available to those that need them.

How we work – our priorities

Our priorities are to:

  • work with businesses and other organisations to manage the use of resources
  • increase the resilience of people, property and businesses to the risks of flooding and coastal erosion
  • protect and improving water, land and biodiversity
  • improve the way we work as a regulator to protect people and the environment and support sustainable growth

Evidence underpins the work of the Environment Agency.

This includes improving the quality of the environment and reducing the impact of hazards such as pollution, floods, droughts and climate change. Our research provides the understanding, tools and techniques needed to achieve these outcomes.

The research team is part of the Evidence Directorate. Our work includes:

  • providing expert scientific and technical advice, reports and guidance
  • determining scientific priorities for the Environment Agency
  • making sure we have the right research in place to meet current and future needs
  • providing a chemical regulatory service on behalf of the UK Government
  • identifying future issues and problems and assessing their significance
  • developing innovative approaches and tools to solve environmental problems
  • supporting incident response

The Environment Agency works in partnership with a number of catchment partnerships- in East Suffolk that is the Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust and The Rivers Trust.