DEFRA publish their plan for the Wye…

Described as a plan which sets out the actions Defra will take to stop the decline of the River Wye and support the ongoing local efforts to fully restore it in the long term.

The plan includes 9 commitments to:  

  • appoint a locally based River Champion 
  • provide up to £35 million for poultry manure combustors in the River Wye SAC catchment 
  • amend, subject to consultation, the Environmental Permitting Regulations 
  • help farmers retain more nutrients and soil in the field with funding for sustainable farming practices 
  • pilot the use of on-farm micro anaerobic digesters 
  • more than double grant approvals for slurry stores 
  • work with partners on 2 landscape recovery projects in the catchment 
  • provide funding for 2 projects delivered with local partners in the next year 
  • carry out cross-border research on mitigating phosphate pollution in the unique geography of the area