How new rules aim to tackle water pollution from farming

Regulations intended to reduce and prevent diffuse water pollution from agricultural sources come into force in April, but farmers have concerns about the cost implications, finds Rachel Salvidge

Sheep grazing in field near a river
Waterbodies will need to be fenced off to keep livestock away from them under new rules

From next month, farmers in England will have to follow a new set of rules to reduce and prevent diffuse water pollution from agricultural sources. The Reduction and Prevention of Agricultural Diffuse Pollution (England) Regulations 2018 (see box), coming into force on 2 April, deliver on a commitment in the 25-Year Environment Plan and obligations set out under the Water Framework Directive (WFD).

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