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Old Bedford including Middle Level catchment

Definition (

The catchment is dominated by the Middle Level river system, the Counter Drain and the Hundred Foot River. Major urban areas include Whittlesey, March, Ramsey and Chatteris. The catchment is mainly below sea level. The economy of this rural area has evolved around agriculture, the catchment being almost entirely Grade 1 agricultural land. The underlying geology of the area is clay and peat. Few of the watercourses in the catchment are natural; the majority are artificially dug drains, with the movement of water being driven by pumping and drainage operations. Management of water in the Middle Level is shared between the Middle Level Commissioners and Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs). (EA)

Preferred Units: N/A

Scope Note:

Broader TermsNarrower TermsRelated Terms
English catchment basin
N/AGreat Ouse
Nene (river)

Geographical FeatureIs Geographical Feature of
Old Bedford River

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