Environment Agency ploughs towards ending farm pollution

The Environment Agency is working to reduce pollution from agriculture across Wessex. It is working with more than 10 partners, including the National Farmer’s Union and the Country Land and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The Environment Agency is working to reduce pollution from agriculture across Wessex.

It is working with more than 10 partners, including the National Farmer’s Union and the Country Land and Business Association, to reduce the impact of farms in the region upon rivers, lakes, ditches and groundwater.

The group aims to avoid the negative side effects of producing crops and tending to livestock across Somerset, Dorset, the Bristol Avon and Hampshire Avon catchments.

This can happen when pollutants like phosphates, nitrates, sediment and pesticides leak into waterways, often majorly impacting on the quality of rivers, ponds and the ecosystems existing within them.

The Environment Agency aims to reduce pollution by collaborating with farmers and land managers to implement better land management practices, switch to safer chemicals, change cropping practices and improve farm infrastructure.

Other sources of water pollution such as sewage treatment works and septic tanks are being tackled outside of this programme.