Mitigation options for phosphorus and sediment (MOPS): Reducing pollution in runoff from arable fields.
The Environmentalist, 108, pp. 12–17.
A number of options for controlling diffuse pollution from agriculture now exist, but evidence to show their effectiveness is limited. The Mitigation Options for Phosphorus and Sediment projects (MOPS) aims to determine the effectiveness of different treatments. MOPS1 trials show that no in-field treatment was always effective for diffuse pollution losses from winter-sown cereals, but tramline modification has the greatest potential. In-field treatments for spring-sown crops are currently being trialled in MOPS2, along with edge-of-field constructed wetlands. Information from the creation of six wetlands of different designs can be used to consider the potential for using these mitigation options elsewhere.
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