A method-centric 'User Manual' for the mitigation of diffuse water pollution from agriculture

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Cuttle, S. P., Newell-Price, J. P., Harris, D., Chadwick, D. R., Shepherd, M. A., Anthony, S. G. A., Macleod, C. J. A., Haygarth, P. M. and Chambers, B. J. 2016. A method-centric 'User Manual' for the mitigation of diffuse water pollution from agriculture. Soil Use and Management. 32 (S1), pp. 162-171.

AuthorsCuttle, S. P., Newell-Price, J. P., Harris, D., Chadwick, D. R., Shepherd, M. A., Anthony, S. G. A., Macleod, C. J. A., Haygarth, P. M. and Chambers, B. J.
Abstract

We describe the development of a manual of methods for mitigating diffuse water pollution from agriculture and its important influence on policy and practice in England and Wales. The objective of the ‘User Manual’ was to provide policy makers and those implementing policies with information about the cost, effectiveness and applicability of potential methods in a form that would be readily understood by non‐specialists. The ‘User Manual’ was based on earlier reports synthesizing available research data and, where data were unavailable, used expert elicitation. The outcome generated 44 potential methods (under the broad categories of land use, soil management, livestock management, fertilizer management, manure management and farm infrastructure) and described the simultaneous impact of applying each method on losses of nitrate, phosphorus and faecal indicator organisms relative to baseline losses. Estimates of cost and effectiveness were presented at the whole‐farm level for seven model farm types. Methods differed widely in their cost‐effectiveness and applicability to the different model farms. Advantages and limitations of the approach are discussed and subsequent developments of the original ‘User Manual’ are described, together with the opinions of catchment officers who have used the ‘User Manual’ to implement mitigation methods on farms.

Year of Publication2016
JournalSoil Use and Management
Journal citation32 (S1), pp. 162-171
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/sum.12242
Open accessPublished as non-open access
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online23 May 2016
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Accepted02 Nov 2015
PublisherWiley
British Society of Soil Science (BSSS)
ISSN0266-0032

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