Many of the rivers in Wales are seriously affected by farm pollution. Intensive dairying and cattle rearing causes the main problems as a result of slurry inputs from overloaded lagoons and the huge amounts of slurry that are applied to farmland.
The Welsh Government is currently consulting on extending Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Wales https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/nitrate-vulnerable-zones-wales .
Farms in NVZs (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) would have to achieve defined waste storage capacity and also the amount of slurry and other fertiliser applied to farm land would be strictly controlled. The consultation proposes two options:
Option 1 only extends the existing 5% of Wales covered by NVZs to 8% which would do very little to address the problem but Option 2 would cover the whole of Wales.
This option if properly enforced could make a huge difference and contribute to a major improvement in the quality of our rivers and the fisheries that they support.
You can play a part in helping this come about by sending a response to the Welsh Government either as an individual or on behalf of an organisation.
A response to this document has already been prepared (based on a response by the Carmarthen Fishermen’s Federation) You can download it here.
If you are supportive of what is said and want to help stop river pollution in Wales then all you need to do is:
- Use the word document as a basis of your response or simply use it as it stands adding your details name address etc at the start of the document.
- Attach the document to an email and send to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Responses have to be sent by Dec 23rd. Thank you for your support.