The report summarises the 119 Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies (CAMS) the Agency completed last year. It shows that 15% of catchments are already over-abstracted, causing damage to the environment at times of low flow.
A further 18% of catchments are over-licensed. If existing licences were used to their full allocation they could cause “unacceptable environmental damage”, the Agency says.
Further licensing is impossible