A programme of rural diffuse pollution work started in March 2010, to help deliver the objectives outlined in the river basin management plans (RBMPs) for the Scotland and Solway-Tweed river basin districts.
Diffuse pollution priority catchments have been identified by SEPA as catchments failing to meet environmental standards. Visit our diffuse pollution priority catchments page for more information.
General binding rules
The Water Environment (Diffuse Pollution) (Scotland) Regulations are referred to as the Diffuse Pollution General Binding Rules (DP GBRs). The seven DP GBRs focus solely on rural land use activities.
All rural land users have a responsibility to ensure they are working in line with these DP GBR’s. The most recent copies GBR's relevant to diffuse pollution are available on the Farming and Water Scotland website. Further GBR's and guidance are available below:
Diffuse pollution (GBR) leaflets
|DP GBR: Forestry|
|DP GBRs explained|
|Stable yards: reducing pollution risks|
Developed from already widely accepted good practice guidance, such as the Prevention of Environmental Pollution from Agricultural Activity code (PEPFAA), the DP GBRs present a statutory baseline which should provide a general level of environmental protection and contribute significantly to water quality improvements. There are no fees associated with the GBRs and no application forms. However, each DP GBR has conditions which specify what must be done to ensure compliance.
- Information for livestock farmers to help to identify and reduce diffuse pollution
- Best management practices (BMP) manual – information on identifying diffuse pollution risks via a DP audit, and list of measures that could help to reduce diffuse pollution risks
- CAR practical guide
- Constructed wetlands manual
- Farm soils plan
- Forests and water guidelines
- Impact of agricultural practices and catchment characteristics on Ayrshire bathing waters
- PEPFAA code
- Water Environment Fund
- Voluntary initiative
- WREN Biodiversity Action fund
If you have any questions or require any further information or advice on any aspect of diffuse pollution priority catchments, please contact us.