The Waver-Wampool catchment is predominantly flat coastal plain, with intensive farming. To facilitate this agricultural activity, particularly dairy farming, the Waver and Wampool catchments have been heavily modified, and the majority of the channels are straightened and oversized to facilitate land drainage. There are also three pumping stations currently maintained by the Environment Agency which improve land drainage, and a programme of channel maintenance.
There are a number of issues in the catchment including water quality issues, lack of habitat diversity and flood risk, particularly in Wigton.
The catchment also contains some important habitat and wildlife reserves including lowland raised bogs, coastal grazing marshes and sand dunes. The Solway Coast AONB manage the coastal areas of the catchment and Cumbria Wildlife Trust manage a number of nature reserves.