Why did we choose catchment management?
Agriculture contributes to 66% of the nitrogen that enters Poole Harbour compared to the 12% that comes from our water recycling centres (WRCs).
By working with farmers in the catchment, we have been able to invest in agricultural measures that reduce nitrate leaching and provide wider environmental benefits, such as biodiversity improvements.
The alternative, installing nitrate removal plants at WRCs, only deals with nitrate and doesn’t deliver wider environmental benefits.
It would also be far more expensive, in addition to releasing significant quantities of carbon into the environment.
How do we support farmers?
We work with the farmers in a targeted area of the Poole Harbour catchment to:
- identify and raise awareness of water quality issues
- share the results of water, soil, crop and manure testing that we have carried out for them
- provide advice and information on ways to improve the efficient use of key inputs
- compensate farmers (where appropriate) for adopting alternative practices.
Within the catchment, there are groundwater safeguard zones where we also work with farmers to protect drinking water quality.
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