Tackling Water Pollution from Agriculture: Evaluating the Benefits of Catchment Sensitive Farming

Posted by DeniseB January 28, 2014 Categories: Latest News

The Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) Project provides voluntary advice to farmers and land managers on measures they can implement to reduce diffuse water pollution from agriculture. As part of the CSF monitoring and evaluation programme, WRc has been commissioned by the Environment Agency to undertake a national assessment of the impacts of CSF on river water quality. 

Previous evaluation work has focused on measuring farmer awareness of diffuse pollution, recording changes in land management practices and modelling changes in pollutant loss. Building on this work, the Environment Agency now wishes to seek evidence of trends in water quality and to relate any improvements, as far as possible, to the extent and timing of CSF-funded work.

The project aims to quantify how concentrations of nitrate, phosphorus, sediment and bacteria have changed in eight intensively monitored catchments across England since the start of the CSF Project in 2007. Ultimately, it is hoped that this work will provide powerful evidence that can be used to convince farmers to take action against diffuse water pollution. 

The Environment Agency’s Project manager, Justin Rambohul said: “The results from this project will be used to support the case for further investment in diffuse pollution measures and identify ways to reduce the cost of our existing monitoring programme”.

For further information contact Andrew Davey on 01793 865023 or andrew.davey@wrcplc.co.uk.


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