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16 Mar 2010 11:03:19

River pollution cleaning test in Cumbria

River pollution cleaning test in Cumbria
A project that aims to discover new methods of coping with river pollution has been launched in the north of the country.

The initiative, which is being led by scientists at Newcastle University, has been designed to boost sustainable food production while cutting down environmental pollution.

It will take place on the River Eden in Cumbria and has been funded by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs.

Commenting on the programme, Helen Perkins of The Wildlife Trust said that it is important to conserve river systems.

"Run-off from agricultural land into our rivers (diffuse pollution) - either in the form of soils, slurry and manure, or pesticides, can have significant negative impacts for people and wildlife," she said.

"Increased levels of soils and sediments can raise the risk of flooding. Higher levels of nutrients such as nitrogen can cause oxygen depletion in water, which impacts on river ecosystems and damages plant, insect and fish communities."


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