Exe and Otter targets for water cash

PUBLISHED: 16:30 03 November 2015

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Water courses in East Devon are among those being targeted by a multi-million pound programme aiming to improve water quality.

The Upstream Thinking partnership – made up of South West Water, the Devon Wildlife Trust, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the Westcountry Rivers Trust and the Exmoor National Park Authority – has unveiled an £11.8million programme, aiming to give advice and grants to farmers and landowners to prevent pollution.

It includes the River Exe, River Otter and groundwater sources in East Devon.

Grants can help fund work such as improvements to slurry storage, fencing to keep livestock out of rivers, providing alternative water sources for livestock and better pesticide management.

Grants are targeted at farms with land connected to rivers above water abstraction points, with the aim of reducing the amount of unwanted substances in river water, which in turn helps to control the cost of turning raw water into tap water.

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