Agency's eutrophication plans face credibility gap

Proposals for countering the pollution of rivers, lakes and estuaries with excessive nutrient loads were set out in a consultation paper by the Environment Agency in December.1 The Agency says that existing controls are insufficient to deal with diffuse nutrient inputs, and proposes a collaborative approach involving local stakeholders on a catchment-by-catchment basis. However, it faces an uphill task to achieve a credible long-term programme in the face of public ignorance and official denial.

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