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Title: Eden, Esk and Solway : environmental overview : September 1999
Author: Environment Agency Southern Region
Document Type: Monograph
This Environmental Overview is a factual description and analysis of the Eden, Esk and Solway environment (see Map 1). It seeks to explain how the Environment Agency, with others, is working to improve and protect this area. It provides information for consideration by the Agencys partners and those individuals and organisations generally interested in the Eden, Esk and Solway area. From this analysis, the most significant issues, which have emerged, are taken forward in the Eden, Esk and Solway Local Environment Agency Plan (LEAP). The Eden, Esk and Solway LEAP area covers approximately 2700km2 and is situated between two of Englands principal upland areas. To the west of the River Eden are the fells of the Lake District, and to the east are the Pennines, while to the north of the River Esk are the southern uplands of Scotland. The area is predominately rural with a population of approximately 167,000. Carlisle is the main centre with a population of 70,000. Other principal towns are Appleby, Penrith, Brampton and Wigton. The area includes two major lakes, Ullswater and Haweswater Reservoir, the River Eden and its tributaries, Rivers Waver and Wampool and the Border Esk and its tributaries in England. In addition, the Environment Agency has fisheries responsibilities for the Border Esk and its tributaries in Scotland. The River Eden and Border Esk support first class salmon and sea trout fisheries. Brown trout are also found throughout, with the Eden and its tributaries having some of the finest brown trout fishing in the country. Dace, Chub and Grayling are also present.In conclusion, the Eden, Esk and Solway is a largely rural area of outstanding natural beauty and general good overall environmental quality. Much of the landscape and ecological resource lies within designated sites.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1999
Publication Place: Penrith
Subject Keywords: Flood controlWaste managementEnvironmental planningNature conservationWater qualityRiversCatchment managementLocal action plans (EA)Water abstractionRiver fisheriesBiodiversity
Geographic Keywords: Esk (North Yorkshire)Solway FirthEden (river, Cumbria)Eden and Esk catchmentCumbriaNorth Yorkshire
Extent: 93
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