Environmental management – collection

Abstraction licensing strategies (CAMS process)

Find out how much water is available in your area by viewing Environment Agency abstraction licensing strategies.

The Environment Agency is responsible for managing water resources in England. We need to make sure there is enough water for people (public water supply, industry and agriculture) and a healthy environment. The Environment Agency controls how much water is taken with a permitting system. The Environment Agency regulate existing licences and grant new ones. They use the catchment abstraction management strategy (CAMS) process and abstraction licensing strategies to do this.

The publication ‘managing water abstraction’ sets out the approach and regulatory framework within which we will manage water resources.

You need a water abstraction licence from the Environment Agency to remove more than 20 cubic metres of water a day from a watercourse or underground water reserve in England.

The strategies below are grouped by Environment Agency areas. See a map showing the areas.

Northumberland Durham and Tees (map area 1)

  1. Northumberland rivers abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Tees abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Till abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Tyne abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  5. Wear abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Cumbria and Lancashire (map area 2)

  1. Derwent and West Cumbria abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Eden and Esk abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. South Cumbria abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Lune and Wyre abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  5. Ribble, Douglas and Crossens abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Yorkshire (map area 3)

  1. Aire and Calder abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Esk and Coast abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Hull and East Riding abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Derwent abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  5. Don and Rother abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  6. Swale, Ure, Nidd and Upper Ouse abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  7. Wharfe and Lower Ouse abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Derbyshire Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire (map area 4)

  1. Derbyshire Derwent abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Soar abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Lower Trent and Erewash abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Idle and Torne abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire (map area 5)

  1. Grimsby, Ancholme and Louth abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Steeping, Great Eau and Long Eau abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Holbeach Marsh abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Witham abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  5. Nene abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  6. Welland abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Greater Manchester Merseyside and Cheshire (map area 6)

  1. Lower Mersey and Alt abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Northern Manchester abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Upper Mersey abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Weaver and Dane abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Staffordshire Warwickshire and West Midlands (map area 7)

  1. Staffordshire Trent Valley abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Warwickshire Avon abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Tame, Anker and Mease abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Dove abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Shropshire Herefordshire Worcestershire and Gloucestershire (map area 8)

  1. Severn Corridor abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Severn Vale abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Shropshire Middle Severn abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Worcestershire middle Severn abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  5. Teme abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Wessex (map area 9)

  1. Bristol Avon and North Somerset abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Dorset abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Hampshire Avon abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. South and West Somerset abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Devon and Cornwall (map area 10)

  1. East Devon abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. North Cornwall, Seaton and Fowey abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. North Devon abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. South Devon abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  5. Tamar abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  6. West Cornwall and Fal abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire (map area 11)

  1. Cam and Ely Ouse abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. North West Norfolk abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Old Bedford including Middle level abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Upper Ouse and Bedford Ouse abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Essex Norfolk and Suffolk (map area 12)

  1. Broadland abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. East Suffolk abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Essex abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. North Norfolk abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Hertfordshire and North London (map area 13)

  1. Colne abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Roding, Beam, Ingrebourne and Mardyke abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Upper Lee abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

West Thames (map area 14)

  1. Cherwell, Thame and Wye abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Cotswolds abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Kennet and Vale of White Horse abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Loddon abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  5. Wey abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  6. Thames catchment abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Solent and South Downs (map area 15)

  1. Adur and Ouse abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Arun and Western Streams abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Cuckmere and Pevensey Levels abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. East Hampshire abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  5. Isle of Wight abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  6. New Forest abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  7. Test and Itchen abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Kent and South London (map area 16)

  1. Darent and Cray abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. London abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Medway abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Mole abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  5. North Kent and Swale abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  6. Rother abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  7. Stour abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper