Factsheet: Nitrates


Key Information


This decree covers the provisions implementing the programs of action for the protection of waters against pollution of water by direct or indirect discharge of nitrates from agricultural sources. These programs include the necessary control of fertilization measures and appropriate management of farmland to limit to an acceptable level leakage of nitrogen compounds in surface and groundwater. Programs are approved by the prefect and are subject to review at least every four years. Article 2 defines the maximum amount of nitrogen that may be contained in livestock manure applied (210 kg per hectare after the first program and 170 kg per hectare per year at the end of the next).
water protection