About the catchment Area
The Belgium action lab is situated in the western part of Flanders in the municipality of Heuvelland and the city of Ypres. The action lab is working in the catchment of the Bollaertbeek. The catchment has a surface of 40 km². The area has a mixture of urban and rural land-use and there are about 400 farmers using land in this catchment.
Local challenges and water contaminants
Plant protection product concentrations are the main problem for the water quality in the catchement. Due to the establishment of water quality groups (CVBB) which focuses on nitrate concentration in surface water the nitrate concentrations in surface water are under control.
The surface water of the Bollaertbeek is the capturing area of the drinking water production company De watergroep. The water of the Bollaertbeek is stocked in De verdronken weide from where the surface water is purified to drinking water.
Agricultural activities in the Actionlab
There’s a mix of farms having livestock, arable crops and outdoor cropping (vegetables for fresh market and food industry).
Mitigation measures and best management practices
The BMP’s that will be promoted will focus on the reduction of PPP’s in surface water. The BMP’s which will be promoted aren’t selected yet. The selection of the BMP’s will be based on:
- The suitability of the BMP’s to prevent point sources and diffuse sources of pesticides based on previous work in other projects (Inagro) such as drift reducing nozzles, bufferstrips, management of remnant water, …
- Cost effectiveness data for the environment available from the Flemish Environmental Costing Model for Water (VITO) for the basic and additional measures in the programma of measures related tot the WFD (nitrates)
- Monitoring results
Examples of BMP’s which will be suggested to introduce in the catchement of the Bollaerbeek:
At farm level
At field level
Local Partners and Stakeholders
Links to the local actionlab site and pages