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Title: A Report on the Drought on the River Darent
Author: National Rivers Authority Southern Region
Document Type: Monograph
Few areas of England have suffered more severe drought conditions than Kent during the past two years and of all the river catchments none have perhaps been more profoundly affected than the Darent, where total river flow now represents less than 15 per cent of rainfall. Base flows during the summer of 1990 were lower than at any time since records commenced in the 1960's. The drought has intensified the stress on groundwater resources already severely out of balance as a result of the high rates of abstraction for public water supply, and the Darent now features high on the national priority list of depleted catchments. The NRA, almost immediately upon its formation, identified the Darent as a priority for large scale remedial action and the conditions encountered in the summer of 1989 and 1990 have, if anything, increased the sense of urgency. The following is a brief summary of the events of the last nine months with a review of action taken by NRA and others. Our successes and failures provide part of the experience on which we hope to build a strategy for the eventual restoration of a healthy flow regime.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1991
Publication Place: Worthing
Subject Keywords: Water resourcesWater abstractionDroughtGroundwaterFlow rateRivers
Geographic Keywords: DarentKent (county)
Extent: 26
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