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Title: River Parrett : first annual review : June 1999
Author: Environment Agency South West Region, North Wessex Area
Document Type: Monograph
This is the First Annual Review of the River Parrett Action Plan. It introduces the Environment Agency and summarises progress made with actions. Previous publications relating to this catchment contain more background detail, and this Review should be read in conjunction with these publications: River Parrett Catchment Management Plan Consultation Report-March 1997; River Parrett Catchment Management Plan Action Plan - December 1997. The River Parrett Catchment covers an area of approximately 1251 km2 and has its source near Chedington to the south of Crewkerne. From its origin to Stert Point, Bridgwater where it enters the Severn Estuary, it is about 59 km long and falls 160 m to sea level. The River Parrett flows north, passing Martock, and is joined by the River Isle and River Yeo to the south of Lang port, becoming tidal at Oath Sluice. The Parrett has an exceptionally long tidal reach. Much of the surrounding land is below high spring tide level. The flood tide carries large quantities of silt from the Severn Estuary which causes problems for channel management in the tidal reaches. The River Tone is a major tributary, which joins the tidal Parrett at Burrowbridge. The River Tone is the subject of a LEAP (first annual review). The River Cary rises at Castle Cary and travels in a westerly direction before entering the King's Sedgemoor Drain at Henley Corner, and continuing across the Somerset Moors to join the tidal River Parrett downstream of Bridgwater at Dunball Sluice. There are further contributions below the tidal limit from a number of streams which have their headwaters on the east side of the Quantock Hills.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1999
Publication Place: Bridgwater
Subject Keywords: RiversLocal action plans (EA)Action plansAnnual reports
Geographic Keywords: EA South WestSomersetParrettSouth and West Somerset catchment
Extent: 32
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