The consultation document will be released today to give interested parties an opportunity to comment. A major purpose of the consultation is to confirm the accuracy of the proposed zone before the formal designation. Maps of the NVZ will be available for inspection in the SERAD Offices in Inverurie, and officials there will be able to help with enquiries from farmers and others.
Evidence from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s surface water monitoring network has revealed a number of other water courses along the East Coast which have elevated levels of nitrate. These are in Angus (Lunan Water, Brothock Burn, Elliot Water, Barry Burn and Monikie Burn), in Fife (the River Eden and the Kenly Water), and in the Borders (the Eye Water and Eden Water).
Designation of the catchments of these waters as NVZs is currently being considered, but no decision has yet been taken.