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Helping to understand and improve water quality in our rivers - present and future.


Too many nutrients in rivers and lakes cause poor water quality, excessive plant growth and algal blooms, suffocating fish and other organisms. A major source of nutrients is agricultural fertilisers and manures washed off in storms. To aid land management, we try to predict the nutrient runoff with computer models.

Two main factors influencing the runoff of nutrients are:

  • Climate
  • Land use

In the future, both of these are predicted to change.
We aim to help understand how these changes will affect water quality in our rivers

Useful links:
Soil and Water blog
Eden Demonstration Test Catchment
Lancaster Phosphorus Community blog


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