Nene Management Catchment

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    The River Nene rises near Daventry, flowing 169km to the Wash. It is the 10th longest river in the country. It passes through Northampton, becoming tidal below Peterborough before passing through Wisbech to the Wash. The Nene above Peterborough has a wide floodplain with gentle valley sides. Below Peterborough it becomes an embanked, straight river through the fens. It has significant tributaries in its catchment, which collect flows from Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby, amongst other urban areas. In the Fens the North Level Main Drain and South Holland Main Drain are the principal tributaries. The Nene Washlands at Northampton and the Nene Washes below Peterborough are large areas of flood mitigation.

    River Nene at Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire