Inter-basin water transfers and drought management in the Kielder/Derwent system

C Soulsby, C N Gibbons, T Robins

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Abstract

During the dry years between 1989 and 1994, inter-basin water transfers from the Kielder system augmented flows in the River Derwent, and these flows substituted compensation releases from Del went reservoir to retain storage for supply and recreational purposes.

The paper discusses the use of the Kielder transfers together with their impact upon (a) flow regime, (b) water quality, and (c) instream ecology of the River Derwent. Also, implications of the increasing use of water transfers in the UK are critically evaluated from the perspective of sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-223
Number of pages11
JournalWater and Environment Journal
Volume13
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Keywords

  • droughts
  • inter-basin transfers
  • Kielder
  • river regulation

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