CAM & ELY OUSE
With an area of 3,664 km2, the CamEO catchment is characterised by Chalklands in the south, Brecklands in the north and the South Level Fenland to the east of the area. It incorporates the rivers Cam, Wissey, Little Ouse and Lark and tributaries, and around 120 Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
This pilot site includes an extensive area of level managed fenland (The South Level). Pumping stations control the water levels to prevent flooding of the land during wet periods. Water is allowed in during the drier periods for agricultural use. This area is home to high-grade agricultural land with predominantly arable agricultural land use.Read More
Flows are being reduced by abstraction to levels that may not support species and habitats in almost 40% of our water bodies. The volume of water abstracted from aquifers and water bodies must be reduced substantially to return abstraction to sustainable levels.
There are 97 protected areas within the catchment, many of which are water dependent. Protecting these areas may require even more stringent restrictions on abstraction.
What will we achieve?
A workshop with stakeholders will develop a shared understanding of the water demand problem across sectors and will inform the preparation of a simple visual representation of the CamEO catchment… Read More
Management strategy development
This task will use existing datasets and water resource models and climate predictions to investigate different options for meeting current and future demand and to select the preferred option(s). Read More
This task will develop and use a decision support model to explore the different options for water resources management, planning and water sharing.
Management strategy piloting
For this task a new water management and visualization approach for CamEO will be piloted and tested using desktop approaches. This will involve tracking key performance indicators that will test… Read More
Who is involved?
The stakeholders will include local municipalities, county councils, municipal associations, planning authorities, government departments (e.g. DEFRA), Environment Agency, water utilities, drainage boards, Highways and Energy companies, Essex and Suffolk Catchment Partnership partners and sub-catchment organisations, Essex and Suffolk Water Abstractors Group (ESWAG), Rivers Trusts, Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, national and multi-national companies e.g. retailers, food and farming businesses, NFU and other agriculture and land management organisations, communities, general public (water users), citizen scientists and volunteers. This list is not conclusive – please do get in touch if you would like to be involved in the project.
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