Mid Wharfe Catchment
The Middle Wharfe and Washburn catchment covers the area from Appletreewick down to Collingham including Bolton Abbey and the market towns of Ilkley and Otley. There are a number of reservoirs in this catchment including Thruscross, Fewston and Swinsty in the Washburn Valley. Most of the moors and fells in the Middle Wharfe are designated SACs and SPAs. Ilkley Moor in the Washburn is also a SAC/SPA. Upper Barden Reservoir and Eccup reservoir have both been identified as being at risk of non compliance for colour. Catchment management schemes looking at peat land restoration to reduce the risk are being investigated.
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