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Wey CAMS (Started)

About the Wey Catchment Abstraction Managment Strategy (CAMS) 

The Wey CAMS area is based on the surface water catchment of the River Wey. It is bordered to the east by the Mole catchment and to the West by the Loddon catchment. The Wey drains large parts of Surrey, some of East Hampshire and a very small area of West Sussex, with a total catchment area of 904 km2. The CAMS catchment is predominantly rural with Alton, Farnham, Haslemere, Goldalming, Guildford, and Woking being the main urban areas. Agriculture is the principal land use within the catchment. Much of the catchment is a typical lowland river flowing slowly through a wide floodplain.

The Wey is formed by two branches; one rising as the Wey North near Alton and the other as the Wey South near Haslemere. These two branches meet at Tilford and the Wey eventually meets the Thames at Weybridge. This CAMS does not include the Bournes, as these will be assessed in the next Thames Corridor CAMS. Other main tributaries include the River Slea, Cranleigh Waters, Tilling Bourne, and the Stanford Brook/Hoe Stream. There are four canal systems that cross the catchment; the Wey and Goldalming Navigations, the Basingstoke Canal and the partly restored Wey & Arun Canal.

Work has started on the Wey CAMS

We are reviewing how much water is being taken from the Wey catchment by water abstraction licensing. This page explains how you can be involved.

If you abstract water or are interested in water use in this area, we would like to hear from you.

Please let us know your comments or suggestions that we could use in the early development of the Wey CAMS. You can make comments by emailing us at cams.thamesse@environment-agency.gov.uk, phone (08708 506 506) or post;

Sarah Rennie (Wey CAMS Officer)

Water Resources

Environment Agency

Swift House

Frimley Business Park



GU16 7SQ

The deadline for comments is 30 November 2005.

If you would like to receive a copy of the consultation document when it is published, please let us know by email, phone or post.

You can find out more information and a map by clicking on the link below and downloading our awareness-raising leaflet.


Start development August: 2005

Stakeholder group set up: (To be confirmed)

Consultation document published: Winter 2006

Statement of response available: Spring 2007

Final CAMS published: Summer 2007

Next cycle starts: Summer 2011

If you would like to know more about how CAMS works click on the More about CAMS link

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