Water quality – essential information

Environment and climate
River through fields

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Our range of resources, advice and guidance supporting the work that NFU members are doing out on their farms shows the difference we can all make to improve water quality on our land. We also highlight some of the common misconceptions around river pollution and farming.

Water quality can be an emotive subject. Often members are spokespersons for water quality in their local area. This page has all the relevant facts that can help counteract any negative press there might be.


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When you are talking to your local press or schools, use this bank of resources to get the key facts across.

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Water quality is an essential factor for maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment.

While agriculture plays a significant role in impacting water quality, efforts have been made in recent years by farmers and land managers to implement a range of best practices to reduce its impact on water quality.

These efforts include reducing the use of fertilisers and other chemicals, targeted pesticide applications, nutrient management plans, improving farm infrastructure, and promoting catchment-sensitive farming.

Our infographic looks at the improvements made by agriculture to reduce the impact on water quality.

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