The latest figures from the EPA indicate a net improvement in the quality of our rivers, and no change or an improvement in N and P concentrations for 63% and 76% of our catchments, respectively.
IFA President Tim Cullinan said farmers want to see all our rivers in the high-status categories and they are working hard to achieve just that.
Within a European context, Ireland is one of the best for water quality where 98% of our groundwater bodies are below 50mg/L for Nitrates (in contrast to Germany and Spain at 72% and 78.5% respectively) and our surface waters have the lowest concentrations of nitrate.
“This report shows real signs of progress and is something all stakeholders can build upon,” he concluded.
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