11. Farming 4 Clean Water

Aims: Involve people with their local waterbodies; Improve wildlife corridors; Improve water quality; Work together

Project description

Affinity Water is working local farmers and agronomists to reduce concentrations of metaldehyde (active ingredient in slug pellets) through a Payment for Ecosystems Services scheme.

Further work is being done to look at ways of reducing the reliance on the Oilseed Rape herbicides of carbetamide and propyzamide, used to tackle the weed blackgrass and regularly detected in water courses above the drinking water standard. Affinity Water are surveying farmers to highlight success measures of reducing blackgrass populations, conducting reduced rate herbicide field trials to help farmers reduce their pesticide inputs and offering free blackgrass resistance testing. Free online weather stations are on offer to help farmers spray at the right time and reduce the risk to local water courses. To tackle point source pollution, funded pesticide handling area advice visits are available to farmers with the option of applying for funding in 2019-2020 to implement these improvements.

Project lead: Affinity Water
Project partners: EA, Natural England, local farmers and agronomists
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Project start: Jun 2017
Project end: Ongoing
Funding source: Affinity Water

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.