Farming "the biggest threat" to Europe's water

A briefing on the status of Europen freshwater resources released by the European environment agency (EEA) reports improvements in river and lake quality, but "little or no progress in combating some types of pollution or overuse", especially in agriculture. Nitrate and pesticide pollution, together with excessive water withdrawals for irrigation, energy use and tourism, represent the biggest challenge, the EEA states. The agency's remarks echo concerns raised by environmental group WWF in a recent survey of European water policies (EED 14/11/03). See press release and briefing.

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