New Report: Phosphorus pollution in the river Dee Llyn Tegid Special Area of Conservation


Today Welsh Dee Trust has released a new report focused on Phosphorus pollution in the River Dee. The report aims to clearly explain the Welsh Dee Trust’s knowledge and understanding of the sources and pathways of phosphorus into the river Dee and highlight the work the Welsh Dee Trust is undertaking to tackle the issue.

Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for plant growth; however, excessive phosphorus levels in aquatic systems can lead to harmful algal blooms and other ecological imbalances. These blooms can deplete oxygen levels in water, posing a threat to aquatic life and biodiversity. Currently, the Dee and Llyn Tegid Area of Conservation is failing its targets for phosphorus pollution, damaging the river’s ecology and halting local governments from providing planning permission for development.

The report follows a webinar on the same topic which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3Eav8TlSLU&t=2s

Peter Powell, Welsh Dee Trust CEO said ‘ I am pleased we have been able to pull together this report, sources and pathways of pollution are not always clear and I hope this report will set out in simple terms our understanding of the issue.’