Tougher regulations on fertiliser storage and use have been announced by the Welsh Assembly Secretary for Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, to protect Welsh water courses, many of which subsequently flow through Herefordshire. Major pollution incidents have increased this year, and the Cabinet Secretary said "This is unacceptable. Our rural communities, which depend on tourism, angling and food industries, must be protected."
Less than 3% of Wales has Nitrate Vulnerable Zone status, (enforcing stricter controls on fertiliser use) compared with 55% of England and the whole of Northern Ireland.
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(Picture: The Wye and Usk Foundation)