'Technical difficulties' in improving water quality

The difficulty in improving water quality in Europe, as well as across Ireland, was among the topics debated at a recent conference held in County Wexford.

Speakers from across Europe turned up at the Teagasc Environment Research Centre in Johnstown Castle to put across their beliefs in the two-day international conference on Sustainable Grassland Systems and the EU Water Framework Directive.

Among those to speak was Teagasc researcher Owen Fenton, who commented on the technical difficulties of improving water quality.

He said: "There are lots of technical difficulties in improving water quality because of the nature of water movement in soils."

He added: "It can be slow and improvements in farm management practices may take time to be reflected in water quality."

Robert Collins, from the European Environment Agency (EEA), based in Copenhagen, added that nitrate concentration in rivers across Europe has decreased by around 10% since the end of the last decade.

Teagasc is the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, which is a national body that was established in 1988.



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