Weaver Gowy Management Catchment

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There are 4 operational catchments in this management catchment.

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    The Weaver Gowy Management Catchment covers most of the former county of Cheshire, now Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester councils. The catchment is characterised by low-lying rolling countryside and beautiful plains. However, some parts are heavily industrialised with industrial activity concentrated around the lower catchment near Runcorn and Ellesmere Port. The catchment is also known for its salt mines which supply salt for industrial use and for road gritting. The area has numerous Sites of Biological Importance and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Cheshire Meres and Mosses form part of the internationally important West Midlands Meres and Mosses. The two main rivers are the Weaver and the Gowy and their major tributaries include the River Dane and the River Wheelock. The catchment is popular with anglers as the Rivers Gowy and Weaver both support good coarse fish populations. The catchment also supports our largest eel populations.

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