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1131: Fences could help clean up water courses

paper taken from a RELU press release

Year of Publication2010

Many watercourses do not meet the requirements of the European Water Framework Directive and livestock, particularly dairy cattle, continue to be a major contributor of harmful organisms. The simple solution of fencing off cattle from rivers is probably one of the most effective ways farmers have of reducing faecal material contaminating watercourses. Funding for streamside fencing is available from the Defra Catchment Sensitive Farming Capital Grant Scheme. More capital support for streamside fencing would be a cost-effective way of reducing the problem.

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