The Environment Agency - responsible for the non-tidal river - is to be reorganised, River Thames News has learned, and will involve a cut in the size of the organisation.

Around 1,500 jobs will go. But exact details and any effect on the river have yet to be revealed. The move is ahead of an expected further cut in grant funding from Government department Defra for the next financial year.

An EA statement said: "Our budget for 2014/15 will be confirmed shortly. However, we are likely to reduce staff numbers from the previous forecast of around 11,250 at the end of March 2014 to around 9,700 by October 2014.  

" We will then aim to keep numbers broadly at that level through to March 2015 dependent,of course, on future funding. We will only achieve this by looking across the whole organisation at our ways of working and structures.”

An internal document from the agency's Strategic Reviews Response Programme says: "The Environment Agency is reviewing how we will deliver the best environmental outcomes over the next five years with the funding available to us. To achieve this, we are looking at how we can adapt our organisational structures and improve our ways of working further.

"Over the next 12 months we are looking at reducing our overall size and moving from a three tier business model (national, region and area) to a two tier structure (national and area). We will do more things nationally whilst retaining our strong engagement with local communities, through delivery at area level.

" Simplifying our structures in this way will help us to maximise every pound we spend on people and the environment and create a better place for generations to come.

"With the help and support of our staff and trade unions, we are looking at proposals for change which will improve our ability to operate efficiently and effectively, now and in the future.

"We are developing a timetable which includes consultation with our staff, trade unions and engaging with our partners and stakeholders. When we know more about how this work could affect navigation, we will of course let you know so we can discuss any possible impacts on the service we provide."

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Story updated Nov 20th 2013

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