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Title: The Ely Ouse Essex water transfer scheme
Author: National Rivers Authority Anglian Region
Document Type: Monograph
Annotation: EA additional title info: the ely ouse essex water transfer scheme
In 1964 the Ministry of Housing and Local Government Study highlighted the fact that expansion and development and the general population increase anticipated in the South Essex area could result in problems over water supply in the 1970s. The former Great Ouse and Essex River Authorities investigated a scheme to transfer surplus water from the Ely Ouse to head waters of the Essex rivers to increase their flows and make available extra water to the existing reservoirs in Essex, and the Ely Ouse Essex Water Act 1968 was promoted jointly by the two Authorities. One great merit of the scheme was that it utilised existing reservoir capacity thus avoiding the loss of agricultural land to create new reservoirs.The Ely Ouse River drains a catchment of approximately 3640 km squared upstream of Denver and is fed by four main tributaries, the Cam, Lark, Little Ouse and Wissey. All these rivers are retained at a similar level downstream of Bottisham, Isleham, Hockwold and Stoke Ferry respectively, by the sluice at Denver at which point surplus water discharges into the tidal channel and reaches the Wash near King's Lynn. This leaflet also describes the flood protection scheme at Denver which includes the Cut Off Channel on the eastern limit of the Fens.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1990
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: Water reservoirsRiversWater resourcesFlood controlWater transfer
Geographic Keywords: Cam and Ely Ouse catchmentNorfolkThe Fens
Extent: 10
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