Nitrogen still pollutes European waters
Nitrogen overload continues to be a problem in European water bodies and aquifers, according to a new report from the EU commission with the aim of evaluating the implementation of the Nitrates directive. It is stated that “groundwater quality has only slightly improved” since 2008 and several countries are still recording excessive levels. In 2012-2015 13.2 per cent of the monitoring stations exceeded levels of 50mg/l, compared to 14.4 per cent in the previous reporting period.
The main source of nitrogen emissions is agriculture. Between the reporting periods 2008-2011 and 2012-2015 the average nitrogen discharge decreased by only 3 per cent. In the period 2012-2014, all member states, except Romania, had a surplus of nitrogen. The highest nitrogen surpluses (> 50 kg/ha) were found in Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Source: ENDS Daily 4 May 2018
The report: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-nitrates/pdf/nitrates_direct...