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Is a market based solution suitable to save the River Kennet, in Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK?

The River Kennet is one of England's most important chalk streams. Some 45 miles long, it is the largest tributary of the Thames and in summer months contributes up to half its flow.
On Friday September 30th, the minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, Richard Benyon met Geoffrey Findlay and Charlotte Hitchmough from Action for the River Kenent in Marlborough to discuss the low flows in the river Kennet, and the on-going issue of over-abstraction. Local MP Claire Perry also attended the meeting and made clear to the minister that her in-box was full of letters expressing dismay at the poor state of the upper Kennet. Claire offered such help as she could give to support ARK in its campaign to reduce water abstraction.

As he stood on the bridge overlooking a dried out section of the river, Richard Benyon agreed that the state of the Kennet was 'very worrying'.

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  • Jan 25 2012: Walking over the River Kennet on a daily basis has opened my eyes to the damage and destruction Thames water is causing to our local community. Not only are they decreasing the aesthetics of this outstandingly beautiful rural part of the shire but more to the point they are ruining and bringing to an end numerous young and unfulfilled lives (of the fish). Now, I wouldn't consider myself an economist but you people seem to know what you're talking about and Im not sure what the solution is but what you're suggesting seems to be along the right lines. Based on my limited knowledge I think that the market based solution will internalise the negative externality being created here, but what do I now?! Go get 'em guys! SAVE THE RIVER KENNET!! Xx
    • Jan 25 2012: Being in the same situation, i completely agree with what you have said. SAVE THE RIVER KENNET!!

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