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Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive in Finland 2004

Mitikka, Sari; Britschgi, Ritva; Granlund, Kirsti; Grönroos, Juha; Kauppila, Pirkko; Mäkinen, Risto; Niemi, Jorma; Pyykkönen, Sonja; Raateland, Arjen and Silvo, Kimmo (2005) Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive in Finland 2004. Finnish Environment Institute.

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There are several factors that affect nitrate concentrations in natural waters. Firstly, sector of production (crop cultivation, animal husbandry), and short term and long term measures in agriculture affect the amount of nitrogen loading.
In Finland the number of farms has declined significantly since the early 1990s.However, the area under cultivation has not been reduced. The portion of the farms with livestock went down by 10 % from 1995 to 2002.
Studies on manure storage have shown that storages that are in use do not cause harmful environmental effects.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:nitrates, nitrogen, leaching, agriculture, water quality
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Research affiliation: Finland
Related Links:http://www.environment.fi
Deposited By: Koistinen, Riitta
ID Code:16401
Deposited On:13 Oct 2009 09:59
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:41
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:The Finnish Environment 741

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