Safe drinking water is vital for human health. Diffuse pollution of nitrogen and pesticides from agriculture is the main obstacle to meet drinking water quality targets.
The objective of FAIRWAY is
- to review approaches for protection of drinking water resources against pollution by pesticides and nitrate, and
- to identify and further develop innovative measures and governance approaches for a more effective drinking water protection.
September 2019: 3rd Plenary meeting, Ljubljana
From 10 to 13 September, the FAIRWAY project partners met in Ljubljana, Slovenia for our Third Plenary Meeting. New team members were introduced and the results achieved in each work package were presented and discussed. We had in depth presentations from two of our case studies, the Derg Catchment and Anglian Region, both in the UK. An excellent field day to Dravsko Polje introduced us to two local dairy farmers who shared their produce with us and discussed the actions they take on their farms to prevent contamination of water supplies by slurry. We also visited the Putj water pumping station and met the farmer who farms the surrounding water protection zone. A day of carousel sessions allowed each of the work packages and case study sites plenty of time to discuss their work programmes with each other. Our grateful thanks to Matjaž, Marina and the rest of the team at the University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty for organising such a welcoming and fruitful meeting.
June 2019: FAIRWAY Workshop, LuWQ2019, Aarhus
FAIRWAY organized a workshop on the main barriers and solutions for creating safe drinking water resources during the Conference on Land Use and Water Quality in Aarhus (June 2019). The aim of the workshop was to discuss and rank the barriers and solutions. Twenty-nine people from 12 countries participated.
The full meeting report can be »downloaded here.
March 2019: Decision support tools workshop
Over the last 6 months, nine FAIRWAY case study sites have been testing a number of decision support tools (DSTs) that are used in European countries to help farmers/policy makers/water companies promote good practices for reducing nitrate and pesticide pollution of surface water and groundwater.
The results were presented on 12 March 2019 at a successful workshop at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark.
Some of our main findings are:
- Many similar DSTs exist for similar problems. Themes and ideas behind national DSTs can be exchanged between regions and countries.
- A DST cannot generally be exchanged between countries without adjustments because of local differences in the climate, farming systems and implementation of legislation etc.
- One DST for all European countries will not work.
Rikke Krogshave Laursen