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Spotlight on river quality
9:00am Monday 19th August 2013 in News
WATER quality in the county’s main rivers is now a key conservation issue with a plan due next month over the management of nutrient levels.
Some sections of the River Lugg have phosphate levels high enough to exceed its nature conservation targets, impacting on planned growth and development in the catchment.
The length of the river Wye and the river Lugg south of Hampton Court are designated a Special Area of Conservation (SACs).
Both rivers are also Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Herefordshire Council acknowledges as “essential” a need for its core strategy – dictating development patterns in the county over the next 20 years – to demonstrate full compliance with habitat regulations.
Both the Wye and Lugg are recognised as of special importance for nature conservation.
* Figures from Herefordshire Council show there were 285 bacteriological failures and 135 chemical failures recorded in private supply water samples over 2012/13.
This resulted in 44 notices being served to improve unfit or unwholesome supplies.
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