Key WFD Documents

EU Directives

The Water Framework Directive

Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy

(http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-framework/index_en.html)

(http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=CELEX:32000L0060) 

Consolidated version (2014):

(http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:02000L0060-20141120)

 

The Groundwater Directive (WFD Daughter Directive

Directive 2006/118/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on the protection of groundwater against pollution and deterioration

(http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-framework/groundwater/framework.htm)

(http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32006L0118)

Annexes I and II of the Groundwater Directive 2006/118/EC were reviewed in 2013 and are reflected under the Commission Directive 2014/80/EU of 20 June 2014.

(http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32014L0080)

Background document:

(http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/pdf/background_groundwater.pdf)

 

The Priority Substances (WFD Daughter Directive)

Directive 2008/105/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on environmental quality standards in the field of water policy, amending and subsequently repealing Council Directives 82/176/EEC, 83/513/EEC, 84/156/EEC, 84/491/EEC, 86/280/EEC and amending Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

(http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:348:0084:0097:EN:PDF)

(http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32008L0105)

Proposal for a Directive amending the WFD and EQSD (COM(2011)876) and Report (COM(2011)875)

(http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-dangersub/lib_pri_substances.htm#prop_2011_docs)

 

Chemical Analysis and Monitoring of Water Status

Commission Directive 2009/90/EC of 31 July 2009 laying down, pursuant to Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, technical specifications for chemical analysis and monitoring of water status

The objective of this Directive is to establish common quality rules for chemical analysis and monitoring of water, sediment and biota carried out by Member States.

(http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32009L0090)
 

National Legislation

England and Wales

The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2017

Statutory Instrument 2017 No. 407  - Water Resources, England and Wales

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/407/contents/made)

The new Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations published March 2017 replace the Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003. (See below). The new Regulations set out in detail the provisions of Articles 4 and 11 of the Directive so that all the environmental objectives of the Directive and the requirements relating to the programmes of measures required to secure the objectives are fully reflected in the legislation. (The 2003 Regulations (as amended) only incorporated ‘by reference’ Articles 4 and 11 of the Directive)

Explanatory Memorandum to The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) England and Wales) Regulations 2017

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/407/pdfs/uksiem_20170407_en.pdf)

Correction slip – 02/05/2017

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/407/pdfs/uksics_20170407_en.pdf)

Transposition note

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/407/pdfs/uksitn_20170407_en.pdf)

 

The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003 Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 3242

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/3242/contents/made)

 

WATER RESOURCES, ENGLAND AND WALES

The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015  Statutory Instrument 2015 No. 1623

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1623/pdfs/uksi_20151623_en.pdf)

Explanatory Memorandum to the Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulation 2015 No. 1623

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1623/pdfs/uksiem_20151623_en.pdf)

 

The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (Northumbria River Basin District) Regulations 2003
Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 3245

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/3245/contents/made)

The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (Northumbria and Solway Tweed River Basin Districts) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Statutory Instrument 2016 No. 139

(https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/139/body/data.pdf)

 

The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (Solway Tweed River Basin District) Regulations 2004
Statutory Instrument 2004 No. 99

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2004/99/contents/made)

The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (Northumbria and Solway Tweed River Basin Districts) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Statutory Instrument 2016 No. 139

(https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/139/body/data.pdf)

 

The Groundwater (Water Framework Directive) (England) Direction 2016

(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-groundwater-water-framework-directive-england-direction-2016)

 

Scotland

Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (WEWS Act)
2003 asp 3

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2003/3/contents)

 

The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (CAR)
Scottish Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 348

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2005/348/contents/made)

The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011

Scottish Statutory Instrument 2011 No. 209

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2011/209/contents/made)

The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2013

Scottish Statutory Instrument 2013 No. 176

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2013/176/made)

The CAR Practical Guide from SEPA includes the changes to CAR brought in by the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2013.

(https://www.sepa.org.uk/media/34761/car_a_practical_guide.pdf)

 

Policy Statement and Regulatory Impact Assessment accompanying the Controlled Activities Regulations

(http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2005/05/0995747/57481)

The Chemical Analysis of Water Status (Technical Specifications) (Scotland) (No. 2) Directions 2011

(http://www.gov.scot/Resource/Doc/1057/0118682.pdf)

The Scottish Government issued a Direction to SEPA on 24th June 2011 regarding the chemical analysis and monitoring of water status requirements in the Scotland and Solway Tweed River Basin Districts in relation to Commission Directive 2009/90/EC.
 

Wales

The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2017

Statutory Instrument 2017 No. 407  - Water Resources, England and Wales

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/407/contents/made)

(http://senedd.assembly.wales/documents/s61248/CLA5-10-17%20Paper%207.pdf)

The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003
Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 3242

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/3242/contents/made)

The Groundwater (Water Framework Directive) (Wales) Directions 2016

(http://gov.wales/legislation/subordinate/nonsi/epwales/2016/groundwater-directions/?lang=en)

(http://gov.wales/docs/legislation/inforcenonsi/environmental/160526-groundwater-direction-en.pdf)

 

Northern Ireland

The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

Statutory rules of Northern Ireland  2017ᅠNo. 81 – Environmental Protection

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2017/81/contents/made)

Explanatory Memorandum to The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2017/81/memorandum/contents)

The new Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) published April 2017 replaces and revokes the Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003.  Statutory Rule 2003 No. 544

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2003/544/contents/made)

Consultation on proposed consolidated Water Framework Directive Priority Substances and Classification Regulations – 2015

https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/consultations/proposals-consolidated-water-framework-directive-priority-
substances-and

(https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/consultations/doe/water-consultation-consolidated-wfd
-priority-substances-regulations-june-2015.pdf)

The Water Framework Directive (Priority Substances and Classification) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

2015ᅠNo. 45

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2015/45/contents/made)

 

Ireland

S.I. No. 722/2003 — European Communities (Water Policy) Regulations 2003
Published by the Stationery Office, Dublin

(http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2003/si/722/made/en/print)

S.I. No. 413 of 2005
European Communities (Water Policy) (Amendment) Regulations 2005
Published by the Stationery Office, Dublin

(http://www.wfdireland.net/Documents/RBDACs/SI%20No.%20413%20of%202005%20.pdf)

WFD Ireland – Documentation Resource

(http://www.wfdireland.ie/documents-wfd.html)

S.I. No. 350/2014 - European Union (Water Policy) Regulations 2014

Published by the Stationery Office, Dublin

(http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2014/si/350/made/en/print)

This Statutory Instrument amends the European Communities (Water Policy) Regulations 2003 and establishes a Water Policy Advisory Committee

Public consultation on the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland (2018-2021)

(http://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/public-consultation/files/draft_river_basin_management_plan_1.pdf)
 

WFD Guidance

WFD Guidance Documents

Guidance documents and technical reports have been produced to assist stakeholders to implement the WFD. Guidance Documents are intended to provide an overall methodological approach, but these will need to be tailored to specific circumstances of each EU Member State. To date, over 30 guidance documents have been produced by the Commons Implementation Strategy process. These include:

  • Identification of water bodies
  • Analysis of pressures and impacts
  • Identification and designation of heavily modified and artificial water bodies
  • Monitoring under the Water Framework Directive
  • Public participation in relation to the Water Framework Directive
  • The role of wetlands in the Water Framework Directive
  • Groundwater monitoring
  • Preparation of Priority Substances Emissions Inventory

(http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-framework/facts_figures/guidance_docs_en.htm)

 

WFD UKTAG Technical Guidance

UKTAG prepares technical guidance designed to facilitate consistent implementation of the Water Framework Directive in the UK and to assist in developing a coordinated approach to implementation in the river basins shared between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

(http://www.wfduk.org/)

Search for ‘Guidance’

 

England and Wales

River Basin Planning Guidance, 2014

(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/river-basin-planning-guidance)

Statutory guidance  on how the Water Framework Directive is being implemented in England and Wales from the Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers to the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales.

This guidance is to help them carry out their river basin planning functions for the second planning period 2015 to 2021. The guidance sets out expectations for the main steps and principles of the river basin planning process and the documents the Agencies must produce. The new guidance incorporates and updates the parts of the existing guidance that remain relevant to the second and subsequent planning cycles.

This new guidance replaces Volume 1 (2006) and Volume 2 (2008) of river basin planning guidance.

(http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140305124354/http:/archive.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/water/wfd/documents/riverbasinguidance.pdf)

(http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140305124352/http:/archive.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/water/wfd/documents/riverbasinguidance-Vol2.pdf)

River Basin Management Planning in the Solway Tweed River Basin District – Guidance, 2007

This guidance sets out the expectations for the joint delivery of the WFD in Solway Tweed, a cross-border river basin district shared between England and Scotland.

(http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2007/12/05141702/0)

Water strategy - Future Water, February 2008

This strategy sets out the Government’s long-term vision for water and the framework for water management in England.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/future-water-the-government-s-water-strategy-for-england
 

Scotland

The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (as amended)

A Practical Guide – Version 7.6 July 2017

This CAR Practical Guide from SEPA to the regulations, including: overview; definitions of the regimes; levels of authorisation; and the General Binding Rules.

(https://www.sepa.org.uk/media/34761/car_a_practical_guide.pdf)

 

Northern Ireland

Water Framework Directive – from Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

(https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/water-framework-directive)

Water Management Unit guidance note on carrying out a Water Framework Directive assessment on Environmental Impact Assessment developments. 2012

(https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/guidance-note-carrying-out-water-framework-directive-assessment-environmental-impact)

 

Ireland

Managing Our Shared Waters - Joint North South Consultation Paper - March 2003

(http://www.wfdireland.net/documents-wfd.html)

River Basin Management Planning,
A Practical Guide for Public Authorities
Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government, June 2008

(http://www.wfdireland.net/docs/River%20Basin%20Planning%20Guidance%20-%2027%20June%202008.pdf)

Guide to the Water Framework Directive – from Catchments.ie - Water from source to sea

(https://www.catchments.ie/guide-water-framework-directive/)

Information from the Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland

(http://www.epa.ie/water/watmg/wfd/)

 

Official WFD Reports

WFD Articles
3 and 5

Article 3 UK Reports:

Available through WFD CIRCA “Implementing the Water Framework Directive” in the Library section of the CIRCABC website:

(https://circabc.europa.eu/faces/jsp/extension/wai/navigation/container.jsp)

 

Summary UK reports of the Article 5 analysis

Summary reports of the Article 5 analysis reported to the Commission in March 2005

(http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130402202530/http://archive.defra.gov
.uk/environment/quality/water/wfd/characterisation.htm)

 

The Characterisation and Analysis of Ireland’s River Basin Districts

(http://www.wfdireland.net/wfd-charreport.html)

The Characterisation Process under the Water Framework Directive

(http://www.wfdireland.ie/wfd-characterisation.html)

 

Links to Member States’ Article 3 and Article 5 Reports:

Available through WFD CIRCA “Implementing the Water Framework Directive” in the Library section of the CIRCABC website:

(https://circabc.europa.eu/faces/jsp/extension/wai/navigation/container.jsp)

 

WFD Implementation Documents

EU WFD Implemen- tation reports

Article 18

The Commission has to assess the progress in the implementation of the WFD in certain intervals and to inform the European Parliament, the Council and the public about the results of its assessments.

European waters: Assessment of status and pressures 2018

EEA Report No 7/2018

In 2018, the European Commission will publish its report on the assessment of the second RBMPs and will start the process of evaluating the WFD (EC, 2017a). To accompany and inform this process, the EEA has produced this report on the state of Europe's water.

(https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/state-of-water)

The Water Information System for Europe (WISE) Freshwater visualisation tool presents more, and more detailed, results.

(https://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/water/water-assessments)

The fourth implementation report: assessment of the Water Framework Directive Programmes of Measures and the Flood Directive (9 March 2015)

This interim report on the implementation of this Directive includes a review of progress in the implementation of the Programmes of Measures planned by Member States in their River Basin Management Plans. The interim report is based on the analysis of the reports submitted by Member States in accordance with Article 15.3 and it also provides suggestions for the improvement of future Programmes of Measures to be inserted in the update of the River Basin Management Plans, due at the latest by 22/12/2015. In order to identify and build on existing synergies with the Floods Directive it also includes a section on the assessment of that Directive's implementation.

(http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-framework/impl_reports.htm#fourth)

The third implementation report: assessment of the River Basin Management Plans (14 November 2012)

This includes a review of progress in the implementation of the Directive and a survey of the River Basin Management Plans submitted in accordance with Article 15, including suggestions for the improvement of future plans.

(http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-framework/impl_reports.htm#third)

The second implementation report : Monitoring networks (1 April 2009)

The second implementation report addresses the establishment of monitoring programmes for surface waters and groundwater (see Article 8 and Annex V WFD)

(http://ec.europa.eu/environment/archives/water/implrep2007/index_en.htm#second)

Related to this WFD implementation report, a number of facts, figures and maps  were produced and made available.

The first implementation report : 1st stage of implementation  of the Directive (22 March 2007)

This report addresses three aspects: the transposition into national law, the set-up of administrative structures (Article 3 WFD) and the environmental and economic analysis of river basin districts (Article 5 WFD)

(http://ec.europa.eu/environment/archives/water/implrep2007/index_en.htm#first)

Related to this WFD implementation report, a number of facts, figures and maps were produced and made available.

In addition, the Commission presented two implementation reports on related directives which are essential for the achievement of “good status” under the WFD:

The 8th Report on the implementation of the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive was published in 2016.

Eighth Report on the Implementation Status and the Programmes for Implementation (as required by Article 17) of Council Directive  91/271/EEC concerning urban waste water treatment

COM(2016) 105 final

(http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52016DC0105)

 

Work Programme
for the Production of the first RBMPs

WFD Article 14

 

 

Water for life and livelihoods - A framework for river basin planning in England and Wales (available in English and Welsh).
The framework has been developed by the Environment Agency in collaboration with Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government and is consistent with their draft guidance for river basin planning. (2006).

(http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20131203145522/http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/planning/33244.aspx)

 

River Basin Planning Strategy for the Scotland River Basin District, 2005

(http://www.sepa.org.uk/media/37453/rbmp_planning-strategy_scotland.pdf)

River Basin Planning Framework for the Solway Tweed River Basin District, 2006

These Strategy documents describe planned actions within three key areas necessary for the development of effective river basin planning:

  • Establishing administrative arrangements and working principles to support RBMP production;
  • Delivering opportunities for participation and consultation; and
  • Integrating and coordinating the RBMP with other plans and planning.

In the Solway Tweed RBD, the SEPA and the Environment Agency must work jointly to deliver a coordinated approach to river basin planning in the District.

(http://www.sepa.org.uk/media/37466/rbmp_planning-strategy_solwaytweed.pdf)
 

Environmental Quality Standards (EQSs) for Surface Waters

WFD Article 16

 

UK Environmental Standards and Conditions

UKTAG, UK Technical Advisory Group on the Water Framework Directive has produced several reports after developing a range of environmental standards and conditions to underpin the implementation of the WFD.

(https://www.wfduk.org/sites/default/files/Media/Environmental%20standards/Environmental%20standards%20phase%201_Finalv2_010408.pdf)

(http://www.wfduk.org/sites/default/files/Media/Environmental%20standards/Specific%20pollutants%20proposals_Final_010608.pdf)

UK Technical Advisory Group on the Water Framework Directive:
Updated Recommendations on Environmental Standards: River Basin Management (2015-21)

Final Report November 2013  (Minor amendments January 2014)

(http://www.wfduk.org/sites/default/files/Media/Environmental%20standards/UKTAG%20Environmental%20Standards%20Phase%203%20Final%20Report%2004112013.pdf)

Water Framework Directive implementation in England and Wales: new and updated standards to protect the water environment – May 2014

New and updated environmental standards to be used in the second cycle of Water Framework Directive river basin management planning process in England and Wales.

(https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/307788/river-basin-planning-standards.pdf)

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) 2014
Supporting Guidance (WAT-SG-53): Environmental Quality Standards and Standards for Discharges to Surface Waters

(https://www.sepa.org.uk/media/152957/wat-sg-53-environmental-quality-standards-for-discharges-to-surface-waters.pdf)

Commission Decision of 30 October 2008:

Establishing, Pursuant to Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, the Values of the Member State Monitoring System Classifications as a Result of the Intercalibration Exercise

(http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:332:0020:0044:EN:PDF)

 

Significant Water Management Issues

(SWMI)

SWMIs in River Basin Districts in England and Wales

A consultation took place between 24 July 2006 and 24 January 2008. This consultation set out what we believed were the most significant issues for each River Basin District in England and Wales. Consulting on these issues is a necessary step towards a River Basin Management Plan, and is a requirement of the Water Framework Directive.The documents, supporting information and the Environment Agency’s responses to comments for each RBD can be found below:

(http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328084622/http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/planning/33112.aspx)

Water for life and livelihoods: Challenges and choices

The Challenges and choices consultation (formerly called Significant Water Management Issues or SWMI) ran from June 2013 to December 2013. It asked for views on the most significant issues for each river basin district in England. There was also a national consultation (June 2013 to September 2013) covering all of England’s waters. This was the second of three consultations, leading up to the creation of updated river basin management plans in 2015.

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328084622/https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/portal/ho/wfd/water/choices

Public dialogue on Significant Water Management Issues 2014 - GOV.UK

This public dialogue on Significant Water Management Issues (SWMI) was undertaken within the context of the Environment Agency’s Challenges and Choices consultation. The Sciencewise supported dialogue was designed to enable public views, ideas and concerns to be fed into final decisions and priorities for the Environment Agency's updated River Basin Management Plans, and inform the approach to meeting other Water Framework Directive commitments.

(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-dialogue-on-significant-water-management-issues)

(https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/303359/LIT_9207.pdf)

(http://www.sciencewise-erc.org.uk/cms/significant-water-management-issues-engaging-the-public-on-the-big-issues-affecting-the-water-environment/)

 

Water resources in England and Wales - current state and future pressures, December 2008  

This Environment Agency’s report summarises work which has assessed the current and future pressures on water resources in England and Wales. This has included our Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies , Water Resources Management Plans produced by water companies, river basin and other studies to support the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive, plus work to assess the possible impacts of climate change.

(http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20131203145522/http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/library/publications/100582.aspx)

 

SWMIs in the Scotland River Basin District and in the Solway Tweed River Basin District

A report on the pressures acting on the water environment that SEPA thinks put their ability to achieve the environmental objectives of the Water Framework Directive most at risk.

https://www.sepa.org.uk/media/37765/significant-water-management-issues_scotland.pdf

http://www.sepa.org.uk/media/38293/a-summary-of-significant-water-management-issues-in-the-solway-tweed-river-basin-district.pdf
 

Water Matters – Have Your Say Booklets for Northern Ireland and Irish RBDs and IRBDs

(http://www.wfdireland.net/docs/26_Water%20Matters%20-%20Have%20your%20say!%20Significant%20Water%20Management%20Issues/)

Northern Ireland Freshwater Taskforce: Significant Water Management Issues Consultation – A response from the FWTF June 2014

(https://www.nienvironmentlink.org/cmsfiles/files/Significant-Water-Management-Issues-Consultation-June-2014.pdf)

 

Classification of water bodies

UKTAG Recommendations on Surface Water Status Classification
(updated October 2008)
 

http://www.wfduk.org/sites/default/files/Media/Characterisation%20of%20the%20water
%20environment/Recommendations%20on%20surface%20water%20status%20classification_Final_010609.pdf

Water Framework Directive - Directions to the Environment Agency on Classification of Water Bodies, October 2008

This is a consultation document issued by Defra and Welsh Assembly Government. This consultation is the final stage in a process of developing the environmental quality standards and other criteria recommended for use in classification in the first river basin planning cycle. It also includes recommendations on methodologies for the use of those standards and criteria to classify all WFD water bodies.

(http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20090731144347/http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/wfd-classification-direction/index.htm)

Response from the Consumer Council for Water:

http://www.ccwater.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Consultation-on-Directions-to-the-Environment-Agency-on-Classification-of-Water-Bodies.pdf

The Water Framework Directive (Standards and Classification) Directions (England and Wales) 2015

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1623/pdfs/uksiod_20151623_en_auto.pdf)

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency – Aquatic Classification

(https://www.sepa.org.uk/environment/water/aquatic-classification/)

(https://www.sepa.org.uk/data-visualisation/water-classification-hub/)

 

Environmental Monitoring Programmes

WFD Article 8

England and Wales WFD monitoring

For the first River Basin Management plans the Environment Agency developed a monitoring programme for the ten RBDs in England and Wales. Maps of monitoring networks, maps of classification results, maps of surface water body types, surface water body types and reference conditions, and information on confidence and precision of monitoring are given in Annex A – Current State of Waters of each River Basin Management Plan (see below).

(https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/river-basin-management-plans-2009)

For the second RBMPs information on Water Body Status monitoring Networks is given in section 4.2.2 of River basin management plans: Part 2: River basin management planning overview.

(https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/500573/Part_
2_River_basin_management_planning_process_overview_and_additional_information.pdf)

(https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/river-basin-management-plans-2015)

 

Scottish monitoring strategy

SEPA has developed a Scottish monitoring strategy with partners such as Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Water, British Waterways, Environment Link and Fisheries Research Services. The strategy is risk-driven (ie it focuses on assessing the greatest risks on water bodies) and uses an ecological classification system to classify each surface water body.

http://www.sepa.org.uk/environment/water/monitoring/

WFD Aquatic Monitoring StrategyScotland river basin district

http://www.sepa.org.uk/media/38220/wfd_aquatic_monitoring_strategy-scotland_river_basin.pdf

WFD Aquatic Monitoring StrategySolway Tweed river basin district

http://www.sepa.org.uk/media/38207/solway_tweed_wfd_aquatic_monitoring_strategy.pdf

 

Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs - Aquatic Monitoring Strategy 2006-07 and Water Framework Directive Monitoring Plans 2006

(https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/aquatic-monitoring-strategy-2006-07-and-water-framework-
directive-monitoring-plans-0
)

(https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/doe/aquatic-monitoring-strategy-for-2006-to
-2007-and-water-framework-directive-monitoring-plans-2006.PDF
)

 

EU Water Framework Directive Irish Monitoring Programme

(http://www.epa.ie/water/watmg/wfd/)

(http://www.epa.ie/water/watmg/wfd/monitoring/)

 

River Basin Management Plans 2009

The River Basin Management Plans were published on 22 December 2009 following responses to the 6 months consultation on the draft plans which were published on 22 December 2008. The documents and Annexes are available at the following websites:

England and Wales:
Each RBMP consists of the main document accompanied by a number of supporting Annexes

  • – Current state of waters
  • – Objectives for waters
  • – Actions
  • – Protected areas
  • – Actions appraisal
  • – Mechanisms for action
  • – Pressures and risks
  • – Climate Change
  • – Artificial and heavily modified waters
  • – Other Planning processes
  • – Economic analysis
  • – Consultation and engagement
  • – Competent authorities
  • – Glossary

In addition the following documents are included for each RBMP.

  • A Response document dRBMP consultation
  • An Impact Assessment of the RBMP for the X  River Basin District , revised   November 2009
  • A Habitats Regulations Assessment
  • A Strategic Environmental Assessment of the dRBMP for the X River Basin District
  • A link to What’s in your backyard connects to interactive maps with information on current and predicted water quality and monitoring points.

(https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/river-basin-management-plans-2009)

Scotland:

The RBMPs for Scotland and Solway Tweed districts, the two River basin districts in Scotland, consist of the following main components:

  • Non technical summary
  • The main document:
    • Chapter 1 – State of the water environment (+ Appendices)
    • Chapter 2 – Environmental objectives (+Appendices)
    • Chapter 3 – Achieving the environmental objectives (+ an Appendix)
    • Chapter 4 – Heavily modified and artificial water bodies (+an Appendix)
    • Chapter 5 – Protected areas (+ Appendices)
  • Annex 1 Competent authorities
  • Annex 2 Consultation and engagement
  • Annex 3 Cost recovery
  • Water body sheets
  • Interactive map application
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  • Habitats Regulations Appraisal and Appropriate Assessment

The first River Basin Management Plans can be accessed from the SEPA website:

(https://www.sepa.org.uk/environment/water/river-basin-management-planning/publications/)

Northern Ireland:

River Basin Management Plans and supporting documents have been produced for the  North Eastern River Basin District and the two International RBDs,  the Neagh Bann and the North Western IRBDs.

A plan has also been produced for the Shannon International River Basin District (IRBD).  Only a small portion of this district lies within Northern Ireland.  Consequently the drafting of this plan was led by the authorities in Ireland.

(https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/topics/water/river-basin-management)

Ireland:

Copies of the plans can be accessed from the WFD Ireland website:

(http://www.wfdireland.ie/documents.html)
 

River Basin Management Plans 2015

(England)

The second RBMPs have been approved by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and were published on 18 February 2016. They are an update of the plans published in 2009. The 2015 RBMPs for each of the River Basin Districts in England are available on the gov.uk website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/river-basin-management-plans-2015

  1. Anglian river basin district RBMP: 2015
  2. Humber river basin district RBMP: 2015
  3. Northumbria river basin district RBMP: 2015
  4. North West river basin district RBMP: 2015
  5. Severn river basin district RBMP: 2015
  6. South East river basin district RBMP: 2015
  7. South West river basin district RBMP: 2015
  8. Thames river basin district RBMP: 2015

How the  RBMPs were updated

RBMPs must be reviewed and updated every 6 years. A consultation on the draft update to RBMPs ran from October 2014 to April 2015. See the consultation on the draft RBMPs.

For both the review and the update to the RBMPs appropriate public consultation and engagement methods were used. Learn more in the record of consultation and engagement.

 

Consultations to update the RBMPs in 2021

(England)

 

Starting in 2018, there will be three consultations that will help shape the updated plans.

 River basin management:

1. Working Together Consultation

2. Challenges and Choices Consultation

    May 2019 – November 2019

    Summarises the significant water management issues and seeks views on prioritising action

3. Draft update to the River basin management plans consultation

    June 2020 – December 2020
     

River Basin Management Plans 2015

(Wales)

The 2015 Western Wales River Basin Management Plan and the 2015 Dee River Basin Management plan have been approved by Ministers. The approved plans and supporting documents are available on the Natural Resources Wales website:

(https://naturalresources.wales/evidence-and-data/research-and-reports/water-reports/river-basin-management
-plans-published/?lang=en

How the  RBMPs were updated

Natural Resources Wales led on the development of the updated plans for the Dee and Western Wales River Basin Districts (2015-2021). A consultation on the draft update to RBMPs ran from October 2014 to April 2015 and the plans were submitted to the Minister for Natural Resources on 30 October 2015 for approval.

(https://naturalresources.wales/guidance-and-advice/environmental-topics/consultations/our-own-consultations
-closed/consultation-on-the-proposed-update-to-wales-river-basin-management-plans/?lang=en
)

(https://naturalresources.wales/guidance-and-advice/environmental-topics/water-management-and-quality/water
-quality/improving-water-quality/?lang=en
)

Water Watch Wales Map Gallery

The Natural Resources Wales Water Watch Map Gallery is a collection of web maps related to the Water Framework Directive in Wales. The Water Watch Wales application has been developed to provide data in support of the River Basin Management Plans in Wales.

 (http://waterwatchwales.naturalresourceswales.gov.uk/en/)

 

Consultations to update the RBMPs in 2021

(Wales)

 

River Basin Management Plans 2021-2027

1. Working Together Consultation

2. Significant Water Management Issues Consultation

    May 2019 – November 2019

    Summarises the significant water management issues and seeks views on prioritising action

3. Draft update to the River basin management plans consultation

 

River Basin Management Plans  2015

(Scotland and Solway Tweed RBMPs)

The second river basin management plans (21 December 2015) have been produced by SEPA on behalf of the Scottish Government.

http://www.sepa.org.uk/environment/water/river-basin-management-planning/

(https://www.sepa.org.uk/environment/water/river-basin-management-planning/the-current-plans/)

RBMP Update -  2017

(https://www.sepa.org.uk/media/311287/generic_update_march_2017.pdf)

Scotland River Basin District

Solway Tweed River Basin District

How the  RBMPs were updated

Details of public consultations to inform the development of the second river basin management plans for the Scotland and Solway Tweed River Basin Districts are available on the SEPA website:

(http://www.sepa.org.uk/environment/water/river-basin-management-planning/publications/)

(https://www.sepa.org.uk/media/130691/scotland-consultation-on-second-rbmp-2014.pdf)

(https://www.sepa.org.uk/media/162981/solway-tweed-consultation-on-second-rbmp-2014.pdf)

Working together to protect and improve Scotland’s water environment: Getting involved in developing the second river basin plan

(https://www.sepa.org.uk/media/37310/getting-involved_developing-second-river-basin-plan_scotland-basin.pdf)

 

Consultations to update the RBMPs in 2021

 (Scotland and Solway Tweed RBMPs)

 

River Basin Management Plans 2021-2027

Scotland river basin district

1. River basin management planning in Scotland: statement of consultation steps for the third plans

2. Significant Water Management Issues consultation (22 June – 22 December 2019)

3. Draft River basin management plan consultation  (22.June – 22 December 2020)

    At the same time as preparing river basin management plans SEPA is also launching a new sector planning approach to regulation. They will work to ensure the sector planning approach supports and compliments the objectives and measures in the third river basin management plans. More details of the sector planning approach can be found in our regulatory strategy ‘One Planet Prosperity’ available on SEPA’s website:

    https://www.sepa.org.uk/media/219427/one-planet-prosperity-our-regulatory-strategy.pdf

Solway Tweed river basin district

1. Working Together - Statement of consultation steps for the Solway Tweed river basin district

2. Significant Water Management Issues consultation (22 June – 22 December 2019)

3.  Draft River basin management plan consultation  (22.June – 22 December 2020)

 

River Basin Management Plans 2015

(Northern Ireland)

 

2015 - 2021 River Basin Management Plans published in December 2015

The second river basin management plan for each river basin district within Northern Ireland has been produced by the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland in partnership with the Department of Rural Development (DRD), the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and Department of Culture and Leisure (DCAL).

North Eastern River Basin Management Plan 2015-2021

(https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/north-eastern-river-basin-management-plan-2015-2021)

North Western River Basin Management Plan 2015-2021

(https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/north-western-river-basin-management-plan-2015-2021)

Neagh Bann River Basin Management Plan 2015-2021

(https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/neagh-bann-river-basin-management-plan-2015-2021)

How the  RBMPs were updated

2013 - Timetable and consultation arrangements for development of the second cycle RBMPs (22 December 2012 to 22 June 2013)

2013 -  Publish and consult on river basin districts issues and objectives (significant water management issues – SWMI)

2014 -  Consultation draft second river basin management plan

(https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/draft-north-eastern-river-basin-management-plan-2015-2021)

(https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/consultation-report-draft-north-western-river-basin-management-plan-2015-2021)

(https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/consultation-report-draft-neagh-bann-river-basin-management-plan-2015-2021)

 

River Basin Management Plans – Update

(Ireland)

Progress on implementation is available on the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government website:

(http://www.housing.gov.ie/water/water-quality/water-framework-directive/water-framework-directive)

This explains the new structure and assigned responsibility for various tasks in developing and carrying out the next cycle of RBMP’s. The new structure was given legal effect by the European Union (Water Policy) Regulations 2014 S.I. 350 of 2014 and is designed around three inter-locking tiers.

(http://www.housing.gov.ie/water/water-services/policy/si-350-2014-european-union-water-policy-
regulations-2014
)

2nd Cycle Timetable:

Public consultation on the draft River Basin Management Plan (2018-2021)

River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021: published 17 April 2018

The Department of Housing, Planning Community and Local Government (DHPCLG) has prepared the second cycle RBMP which sets out Ireland’s approach to protecting and restoring the water environment as required by the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), 2000/60/EC.

Changes to River Basin Districts for the 2nd Cycle

For the 2nd Cycle, the Eastern, South Eastern, South Western, Western and Shannon River Basin Districts will be merged to form one national River Basin District.  In relation to the North Western and Neagh Bann International River Basin Districts a single administrative area will be established in the Republic of Ireland portion of these two IRBDs for the purpose of coordinating their management with authorities in Northern Ireland.

 

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