Lower Clwyd Water Quality Improvement Project – Final Report – Dec 2019
This report summarises the work carried out on the Lower Clwyd to reduce the impact of cattle grazing on water quality through reduced silt and bacteria input. The objectives of the Project are:
Objective 1 – to improve the water quality of the lower Clwyd to help Rhyl EC Beach maintain ‘Sufficient’ status with a possible longer-term objective of ‘Good’. This will be achieved through reducing stock access to watercourses within the bathing season (1st May to 30th Sept.). Studies have shown that the greatest bacterial contributor from agriculture during the bathing season is from stock access. This is mainly cattle and included the passage of dairy herds through streams.
Objective 2 – by setting back the fencing of at least 2m, buffer zones will be created to reduce field run-off entering the channel. This will reduce pollutants and nutrients entering the watercourse.
Objective 3 – the creation of buffer zones and reduction in bank and stream bed compaction will improve habitats, fisheries and create wildlife corridors.
The Project was carried out in partnership with Natural Resources Wales who led on delivery of phase 1.
Reporting an environmental incident
To report an environmental incident such as suspected poaching, pollution or wildlife crime, the dumping of hazardous or industrial waste and illegal abstraction from watercourses etc, call Natural Resources Wales’ incident hotline on 0300 065 3000 (24 hour service).