Special Issue "Mitigating the Impacts of Agricultural Water Pollution on River Ecology"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Aquatic Systems—Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Richard Cooper
Guest Editor
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Interests: catchment science; hydrology; hydrochemistry; aquatic ecology; agronomy; water pollution; pollution mitigation; sediment fingerprinting

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Diffuse and point source pollution from agriculture are major drivers behind the degradation of freshwater systems, causing an array of detrimental economic and environmental impacts that threaten the ability of these systems to provide ecosystem services. Achieving reductions in agricultural water pollution requires changes in land management practices and the implementation of mitigation measures to tackle the principal reasons for water quality failure. This Special Issue of Water seeks to evaluate the extent to which on-farm mitigation measures can cost-effectively reduce the impacts of agricultural water pollution on river ecology while maintaining food production capacity. Contributions are invited across this theme and could include (but are not limited to) studies that evaluate the effectiveness of sediment, nutrient, or pesticide mitigation measures; studies that demonstrate the value of high-resolution monitoring for improving our understanding of hydrological and geochemical functioning and pollutant pathways; studies that investigate the spatial and temporal dynamics of agricultural water pollution; studies exploring the responses of aquatic organisms to agricultural pollution exposure; and social science studies exploring ways to influence land manager behaviour and environmental awareness around agricultural water pollution.

Dr. Richard Cooper
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • rivers
  • agriculture
  • water pollution
  • mitigation measures
  • aquatic ecology
  • nutrients
  • sediments
  • pesticides
  • land management
  • catchment science

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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