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Title: Bedford Ouse (lower reaches) catchment management plan : first annual review February 1995 - April 1996
Author: Environment Agency Anglian Region
Document Type: Monograph
The process of Catchment Management Planning is used by the Environment Agency to allow informed decision making as part of the planning of river catchments, especially where one activity may have an impact on another elsewhere in the catchment. Through the involvement of local interests, the process realises the environmental potential of a catchment in terms of water quality, water quantity and physical features. The first stage is the production of a Consultation Report. This outlines the Issues within a catchment and Options for their solution. Following a period of consultation, an Action Plan is produced; This includes an Activity Plan for improvements to the water environment. It also outlines areas of work and investment proposed by the Agency and others. The Bedford Ouse (Lower Reaches) Catchment comprises that part of the River Great Ouse (together with its tributaries) between Kempston and Earith. The River upstream of Earith is also known as the Bedford Ouse. The Catchment covers 1556 sq km which includes a diversity of landscape types. The Bedford Ouse flows generally in a north easterly direction. The rivers flow over a clay covered catchment, apart from the Hiz, Flit and Upper Ivel, which flow over the Chalk and Greensand rocks. The maximum elevation within the catchment is 184m above sea level and is to be found in the Chalk outcrop area south west of Hitchin. The Bedford area is 25 to 50m above sea level, with areas in the upper reaches of the sub-catchments being around 100m above sea level. The lowest lying land is close to sea level at Earith, Cambridgeshire.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1996
Publication Place: Huntingdon
Subject Keywords: Catchment Management PlansCatchment managementWater managementWater qualityRecreationNature conservationFlood controlRiver fisheries
Geographic Keywords: CambridgeshireHertfordshireBedfordshireNorthamptonshireGreat OuseUpper and Bedford Ouse catchment
Extent: 30
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