U.K. scientists: Rain could increase river pollution

Mar 24, 2014, 6:14 AM EDT
BROCKHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 18: The river mole is very high and has burst it's banks in places for the fourth time in three weeks on January 18, 2014 in Brockham, England. Flood warnings have been issued for some areas in southern England as heavy rain is forecast.
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Wetter winters in the future could increase agricultural pollution in Britain's rivers, say scientists. A research team from Lancaster University concluded that increased, more intensive winter rainfall is likely to wash more fertiliser out of soil and into rivers. This could artificially nourish plants, including toxic algae. The research team is now embarking on a project to help predict and ultimately mitigate agricultural pollution.
River pollution could be increased by wetter winters [BBC]