The Nitrates Directive (91/676/EEC) which was adopted in 1991 has the objective of reducing water pollution caused or induced by nitrates from agricultural sources and preventing further such pollution. The primary emphasis is on the management of livestock manures and other fertilisers. In Ireland, the Nitrates Regulations also deal with managing phosphorus.
Water Framework Directive
The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) is an important piece of environmental legislation which aims to improve our water quality. It applies to rivers, lakes, groundwater, estuaries and coastal waters