Nene Middle Operational Catchment

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    Middle Nene is the largest operational catchment, starting in Northampton at the Brampton Branch confluence, ending in Peterborough at Stanground. The wider catchment is rural with mixed arable and livestock farming with a wide floodplain, but it does drain additional large urban areas at Wellingborough, Irthlingborough, Rushden and Thrapston. The catchment supplies Rutland Water. The River Nene here is an important navigable waterway with 32 locks and many backwaters. It is also a popular coarse fishery. It is an important source of aggregates, with many gravel pits, some of which are internationally important wildlife sites. Development pressure is a concern.

    Stretch of the River Nene, Middle Nene