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Title: Bedford Ouse (lower reaches) LEAP : December 1999
Author: Environment Agency
Document Type: Monograph
The Bedford Ouse Local Environment Agency Plan (LEAP) is one of a series covering local environmental issues across the whole country. It concentrates on the actions required to enhance the local environment and describes the associated work that the Agency and others will undertake over the next five years. The area covered by this LEAP comprises the lower reaches of the River Great Ouse, along with the Rivers Ivel, Hiz and Kym and tributaries. The towns of Hitchin, Letchworth, Biggleswade, Bedford and Huntingdon all lie within the Bedford Ouse area. This area is predominantly rural, with undulating countryside supporting mixed arable farming and pasture in the south. In the north, the land is generally flat with large areas of flood meadow. The area has a history of use for the brick making industry, although only the Stewartby works remain in operation. The former clay pits are now a major feature, and many are used for waste disposal as landfill sites or have been left flooded for nature conservation interest.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1999
Publication Place: Brampton
Subject Keywords: RiversEnvironmental managementCatchment managementLocal action plans (EA)Water abstractionBiodiversityWater qualityEnvironmental monitoring
Geographic Keywords: Great OuseBedfordBedfordshireEA AnglianLower Ouse subcatchment
Extent: 57
Total file downloads: 46

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