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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: i think that instead of having that second glass of water in norwood we should pour it into theriver then it will be flowing with drinking water which we can drink as well after games in the summer?!?!?!?
    • Jan 25 2012: Certainly we should be looking for strategies that incentivise to replenish, but do yo
      u think that this is sustainable?
      • Jan 25 2012: yes, norwood has a lot of water. it will keep the river kennet flowing for approx. 26 years which gives us time to think of a plan

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