Reducing pollution from farming in the River Don
Only 30% of rivers in the Tyne catchment meet water quality targets. The River Don, which forms part of the Tyne catchment, is a failing water body. We’ve been working with the Environment Agency to improve its water quality by tackling pollution from farming.
One of the key areas for improvement is reducing run-off from farms close to the river. Simple measures such as moving and storing muck in a contained muck bay can significantly reduce the amount of dirty water that flows into the river.
The other ways we’re improving water quality in the River Don include:
- Improving fencing to reduce sediment and stop farm animals from entering the river
- Using green engineering such as willow spiling to reduce bank erosion and sedimentation of the upper Don
- Working with businesses close to the river to make sure their waste is not going into the river
This work is important to increase bio-diversity and improve the quality of spawning areas for Brown Trout.