Defra have published statutory guidance on applying the Farming Rules for Water (FRfW). The guidance constitutes criteria for the Environment Agency (EA) to use when applying the FRfW, particularly for autumn and winter applications of organic manures.

The document says:

“This guidance does not amend the regulations and its impact is limited to matters that are covered below. It tells the Environment Agency about criteria that they should consider when they assess if they should take enforcement action under the regulations.

If the Environment Agency determines that land managers have followed this guidance then the Secretary of State does not normally expect them to take enforcement action. Enforcement of individual cases remains a matter for the Environment Agency to determine based on the case’s particular circumstances.”

Read the guidance document in full here.