Understanding the issues

The analysis of the condition of the Kennet catchment has identified six priority issues that need to be addressed through the Kennet Catchment Plan.

Over-abstraction

Over-abstraction applies particularly to the Axford and Ogbourne abstractions which have been the subject of recent investigations. There have been other reviews of abstraction impacts in the Kennet Valley...

Groundwater

The groundwater status within the catchment is poor due to its chemical status and the quantitative impact on water balance and surface waters. The chemical status affects drinking water quality, but is found...

Invasive species

None of the key non-native alien species in the Kennet Catchment is easy to eradicate – but a good programme for control will target species preventing 'good ecological status' or causing deterioration...