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Title: The management of the water resources of the Little Ouse groundwater unit
Author: Julie Barker
Document Type: Monograph
This report recommends a strategy for the management of the water resources of the Little Ouse groundwater unit. The Little Ouse groundwater unit covers parts of several river catchments, including those of the Little Ouse, Thet, Sapiston (Black Bourn) and Cut-Off Channel (see Figure 1). The current is sues in the Little Ouse catchment include; the increasing demand for water abstraction, the protection of wetlands, the protection of river levels and flows, the protection of river water quality and the future use and development of the Great Ouse Groundwater Scheme. This unit is part of the "Ely Ouse Catchment Management Plan". The water in the river system is derived in four ways: rainfall runoff, predominately from areas of Boulder Clay cover in the upper part of the catchment; baseflow from the Chalk aquifer, which underlies the whole catchment, and from minor sand and gravel deposits; artifical augmentation using groundwater and effluent discharges. During the recent drought, the river flows were sustained by groundwater using the Great Ouse Groundwater Scheme and by effluent discharges.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1993
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: Water resourcesRiversWetlandsWater qualityGroundwater
Geographic Keywords: Little OuseCam and Ely Ouse catchment
Extent: 88
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