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Record number 446125
Title Mitigation options to reduce phosphorus losses from the agricultural sector and improve surface water quality: a review
Author(s) Schoumans, O.F.; Chardon, W.J.; Bechmann, M.; Gascuel-Odoux, C.; Hofman, G.; Kronvang, B.; Rubaek, G.H.; Ulen, B.; Dorioz, J.M.
Source Science of the Total Environment 468-469 (2014). - ISSN 0048-9697 - p. 1255 - 1266.
Department(s) Integraal water-en
Sustainable Soil Use
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) semiarid altered wetland - blue-green-algae - subsurface drainage - nutrient losses - fresh-water - particulate phosphorus - conservation tillage - constructed wetlands - manure application - buffer strips
Abstract The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) obliges Member States to improve the quality of surface water and groundwater. The measures implemented to date have reduced the contribution of point sources of pollution, and hence diffuse pollution from agriculture has become more important. In many catchments thewater quality remains poor. COST Action 869was an EU initiative to improve surfacewater quality that ran from2006 to 2011, in which 30 countries participated. Its main aim was a scientific evaluation of the suitability and costeffectiveness of options for reducing nutrient loss from rural areas to surface waters at catchment scale, including the feasibility of the options under different climatic and geographical conditions. This paper gives an overview of various categories of mitigation options in relation to phosphorus (P). The individual measures are described in terms of their mode of action, applicability, effectiveness, time frame, environmental side-effects (N cycling) and cost. In total, 83 measures were evaluated in COST Action 869.
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