Could you help us prevent soil entering Sussex rivers?

Wheat fields near the Rother river

We're asking Sussex farmers to put their thinking caps on and suggest land-based improvements to prevent soil, and the chemicals and valuable nutrients within it, from reaching the River Ouse and Eastern Rother, in return for grants of up to £10,000.

Our drinking water is some of the best quality in the world, and we want to keep it that way. 

Although any harmful substances are removed during the extensive water treatment process, turbidity (suspended solids), phosphate and metaldehyde are reducing the health of the rivers.

That’s why we’re keen to hear from any livestock or arable farmers in the area who have an idea to prevent soil from reaching the rivers to improve the water quality.

Please contact Anne Blokhus, Catchment Advisor, at Anne.Blokhus@southeastwater.co.uk, 07813 405900 to register your interest before completing an application form. 

Download application form

Calling all maize growers

Our Sustainable maize management online workshop took place on 18 February, with the Maize Grower's Association. 

Visit our dedicated maize webpage to find out more about our work in this area and to re-watch the workshop.

Visit our maize page

We're working with farmers to understand if under-sowing maize crops with grass reduces the presence of turbidity (suspended solids) in the river water

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