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New water pollution guidance

New guidance for ensuring the protection and improvement of Scotland’s watercourses has been published.

Land managers are being encouraged to follow advice set out in the Diffuse Pollution and General Binding Rules to reduce diffuse pollution, which has been identified as one of the biggest threats to keeping Scotland’s water clean and healthy.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse launched the guidance at a conference in Peebles.

Drawn up in partnership with key stakeholders including the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), the guidance pack includes advice leaflets on:

•application and storage of chemical fertiliser, organic manure and slurry, and pesticides
•keeping of livestock in proximity to water environment
•cultivation of land
•the use of sheep dip
•steading drainage

Speaking at the launch, Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse said:

“Scotland is renowned worldwide for its rivers, lochs and seas. River basin management planning recognises that a successful catchment approach needs effective partnership working.

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