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|Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:40 am Post subject: West Somerset rivers and streams â€“ We need your views!
|Author: Mike Dunning
Date published: 20-Dec-2006
The Environment Agency is asking the people of West Somerset to comment on the future management of local rivers and streams.
They have until January 19, 2007 to respond to the West Somerset Streams Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy (CAMS), the latest in a series of CAMS consultation documents for North Wessex that aim to balance the demands of water users with the ecological needs of the aquatic environment.
The West Somerset Streams CAMS has been developed by the Agency in partnership with Wessex Water, Somerset Wildlife Trust, The Consumer Council for Water and local interest groups. Rivers covered by the document include the Kilve Stream, Doniford Stream, Washford River, Pill River, River Avill, Horner Water and the Hawkcombe Stream.
The CAMS process makes more information on water resources and the Environment Agency’s licensing policy available to the public. It also allows local people to put their views on how water resources in West Somerset should be managed.
â€˜For this to be a truly shared strategy, we need the views and input of local people to help shape the future management of this important catchment,’ said Andy Gardiner for the Environment Agency.
â€˜Rivers are a vital lifeline at the heart of our environment. They contribute to our water supply, provide habitats for a wide range of wildlife and are places of recreation and amenity. This CAMS consultation document sets out the choices that need to be made to balance these differing interests,’ said Councillor Anne Fraser, of the local CAMS Stakeholder Group.