Environment Agency bans new abstractions in seven more catchments

The Environment Agency (EA) has added seven new river areas to a list of catchments in which no new abstraction licences will be granted due to England’s dry winter.

Large sections of the Cuckmere and Pevensey levels will be banned from new abstractions when the river flow is high and the entire catchment will be off-limits when flow is reduced, according to the area’s licensing strategy, updated this week.  

Similarly, large swathes of the Arun and Western Streams, Adur and Ouse, Test and Itchen, New Forest, Isle of Wight and East Hampshire catchments are subject to new licence restrictions, according to the related strategy updates.

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