UK targets agricultural water pollution
The UK government has proposed measures to cut water pollution by farm nutrients. Agriculture produces 70% of nitrate and 40% of phosphate water pollution in England, it estimates. Possible actions include a series of river-catchment specific actions, plus taxes on fertilisers or nutrient surpluses to apply all over the UK. A key aim is compliance with the EU water framework directive requirement for good chemical and ecological status in all surface waters by 2015. The government first sketched out ideas on tackling diffuse water pollution from agriculture two years ago (EED 27/06/02).