Inland Waterways Advisory Council Reports

The government's advisory body on inland waterways, The Inland Waterways Advisory Council (IWAC), was abolished on 2nd July 2012 following an initial announcement in July 2010.  Before its demise, IWAC authorised IWA to publish any of IWAC's works so that its reports and research was not lost to the benefit of the inland waterways community.  A selection of IWAC's recent reports are published below.

Balancing the needs of Navigation and Aquatic Wildlife (2007).  Download as a pdf file (14.0 MB).  This report is also available on a CD from IWA Head Office.

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption (2009)  Download as a pdf file (11.7 MB)
Implications for inland waterways in England and Wales

Funding and Income Sources for Overseas Waterways (2009)  Download a pdf file (6.6 MB)

Information and Communication Technology (2008)  Download as a pdf file (1.5 MB)
for the UK's inland waterways

Making more use of Waterside Paths (2010)  Download as a pdf file (7.5 MB)
and their surrounding corridors - main report

Making more use of Waterside Paths (2010) - case studies.  Dowland as a pdf file (3.6 MB)

Surviving the Cuts and Securing the Future (2010)  Download as a pdf file (2.4 MB)
The funding and structure of the inland waterways of England and Wales

Using Waterways to Combat Effects of Social Exclusion (2009)  Download as a pdf file (0.2 MB)

The Value of Inland Waterways in England & Wales (2011)  Download as a pdf file (5.6 MB)

Volunteering and the inland waterways (2010)  Download as a pdf file (2.7 MB)
How to attract, integrate and retain volunteers

Waterways for Tomorrow Review (2007).  Download as a pdf file file (0.2 MB)

Working Together (2010).  Downoad as a pdf file file (2.0 MB)
Effective Waterways Partnerships

Reports published as The Inland Waterways Amenity Advisory Council

Inland Waterways Restoration and Development (2006).  Download as a pdf file file (0.9 MB)
Projects in England Wales and Scotland.  Third review report.

A Second Waterway Age (2001).  Download as a pdf file file (1.9 MB)
Review of Waterway Restortion and Development Priorities

Waterways Restoration Priorities (1998).  Download as a pdf file file (3.6 MB)

Please note that these reports remain in Copyright.

IWAC was first formed under the 1968 Transport Act as the Inland Waterways Amenity Advisory Council, solely covering the inland waterways managed by the then British Waterways.  It was reformed as The Inland Waterways Advisory Council in April 2007 under the Natural Environment and Communities Act 2006, covering all inland waterways in England and Wales and the waterways then managed by British Waterways in Scotland.