Managing Water Quality in Agricultural Catchments

T. P. Burt, Penny J Johnes

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Until recently, pollution control in rural drainage basins of the UK consisted solely of water treatment at the point of abstraction. However, prevention of agricultural pollution at source is now a realistic option given the possibility of financing the necessary changes in land use through modification of the Common Agricultural Policy. This paper uses a nutrient export coefficient model to examine the cost of land-use change in relation to improvement of water quality. Catchment-wide schemes and local protection measures are considered. Modelling results underline the need for integrated management of entire drainage basins. A wide range of benefits may accrue from land-use change, including enhanced habitats for wildlife as well as better drinking water.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)61-68
Number of pages8
JournalTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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