WATER QUALITY AND AGRICULTURE
From the German Report to EU: Implementation of WFD programmes of measures â€“ interim results 2012
Groundwater conservation initiative in the context of agricultural extension services:
In the interest of reducing chemical inputs in waterÂ bodies, the Unterfranken region in the regional state of Bavaria employs three full time water consultants, whose duties are as follows: providing farmers with advice on water conservation and other measures that exceed the scope of good professional practice; raising awareness of farming practices such as catch cropping that protect water resources; organizing and providing support for informational events and
advising working groups, in collaboration with water companies and water resource management officials. State agriculture officialsâ€™ agricultural extension proÂgrammes are closely related to the scheme called Aktion Grundwasserschutz - Trinkwasser fÃ¼r UnterÂfranken [â€œLetâ€™s go to bat for groundwater: drinking water for the Lower Franconia regionâ€] that the Lower Franconia government started in 2001. Thanks to a massive increase in agricultural land used for organic farming and for groundwater-friendly farming pracÂtices in Lower Franconia, the region has seen a subÂstantial reduction of nitrate and fertilizer inputs.