Waterways: Nitrate Pollution

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Lord Inglewood Lord Inglewood Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much nitrate pollution in watercourses is caused by nitrates dissolved in falling rainwater.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

A project investigating the significance of different sources of nitrogen input into watercourses is currently under way and due to report in June 2008. This will include an assessment of how much nitrogen entering watercourses originates from rainwater.

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