New Forest Water Test
Everyday you learn something. I was lucky enough to spend some time in the company of Lord Montagu at Beaulieu today.
I was on a site visit organised by the New Forest National Park Authority with representatives of other organisations, learning about some of the real success stories of things that have been achieved in recent years.
Pictured here is Naomi Ewald, Director of Policy & Research for the Freshwater Habitats Trust.
Some brilliant work, involving key partners including land owners the Environment Agency and the Land Advice Service, has improved water quality in the New Forest to the extent that it is now some of the best quality in all of the country.
She did a test, comparing water quality from a New Forest pond with tap water taken from Eastleigh which showed that the local water was clear of nitrates.
The Eastleigh water is perfectly safe to drink but would not support natural pond life to anything like the same degree.
Interestingly, it’s also been shown that local cattle prefer to drink rainwater than water drawn from a tap.
There are many potential causes of pollution, but run off of chemicals from agricultural land is one of the major ones.
Cleaning our local water, whether it by rivers, lakes or ponds, is still very much work in progress, but successful work done here is informing strategy adopted elsewhere in the country.
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