water framework directive assessment

Water Framework Directive Assessment and Monitoring

The Water Framework Directive 2000 requires all natural water bodies to achieve both good chemical status and good ecological status. The European Goal is for all rivers to reach this status by 2027. River Basin Management Plans created by statutory agencies (Natural Resources Wales, Environment Agency) outline the actions required to enable natural water bodies to achieve good ecological status.  Artificial water bodies and heavily modified water bodies may be prevented from reaching good ecological status due to the modifications necessary to maintain their function. They are, however, required to achieve good ecological potential through the implementation of a series of mitigation measures outlined in the applicable River Basin Management Plans.

New activities and schemes that affect the water environment may adversely impact biological, hydromorphological, physicochemical and/or chemical quality elements (Water framework directive quality elements), leading to deterioration in water body status. They may also render proposed improvement measures ineffective, leading to the water body failing to meet its Water Framework Directive objectives for good ecological status. Under the Water Framework Directive, activities must not cause deterioration in water body status or prevent a water body from meeting good ecological status and by invalidating improvement measures.

The requirements of the Water Framework Directive and actions to achieve Good Ecological Status need to be taken into account in the planning of all new activities, plans or strategies that could affect the water environment.

We can undertake Water Framework Directive Assessments to assess the impacts of new developments on the quality elements of the Water Framework Directive.
The quality elements are:

  • Biological (split into macro-invertebrates, macrophytes, diatoms, and fish);
  • Physio-Chemical;
  • Hydromorphological (geomorphological).

The assessment will consider all possible impacts on these quality elements that could occur as a direct or indirect result of the proposed works.

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