Land Management and Farming
We know that sediment, nutrients and pesticides are having a severe impact on water quality in the Welland Valley. All living organisms can be affected, from mammals and fish down to plants and microorganisms. Some of these are assessed and indicate if the watercourse has ‘Good Ecological Status’. Water entering the rivers affected by run-off from fields, roads, developed land or septic tanks is known as diffuse pollution. The sources of pollution are spread across the Welland Valley landscape, so can be hard to determine, and initiatives to reduce their impacts need to cover land away from the River bank as well as next to it.
Therefore, fostering close working relationships with landowners and farmers is a key aspect of the Trust’s work.