• “Water is a heritage which must be protected and defended.”
    The European Union Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC).

  • “Water is a heritage which must be protected and defended.”
    The European Union Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC).

  • “Water is a heritage which must be protected and defended.”
    The European Union Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC).

  • “Water is a heritage which must be protected and defended.”
    The European Union Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC).

  • “Water is a heritage which must be protected and defended.”
    The European Union Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC).

News & Events

Many of the method statements have been updated, particularly the biological method statements.  These are filed under the Resources section which displays the documents in date order (most recent first), or you can use the tick box search on the left of the window when you are in the Resources section.  The most recent uploads to the Resources section are also listed below.  

Latest Resources

The alarm list contains species thought to pose a risk to surface waters and their ecological status under the EC Water Framework Directive, but whose presence has not yet been recorded in Great Britain.

Publication Date: 
04-February-2015
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

The working paper outlining the impact classification of alien species has been updated (05/02/2014) following the completion of additional risk assessments by GBNNSS and Phase 3 of the review of Environmental Standards.

Publication Date: 
04-February-2015
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

This classification method enables the assessment of invertebrates in rivers in relation to general degradation, including organic pollution. Whalley, Hawkes, Paisley & Trigg (WHPT) metrics replace the Biological Monitoring Working Party (BMWP) metrics used for status classifications in the first river basin planning cycle.

Publication Date: 
14-January-2015
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

Phytobenthos are good indicators of nutrient enrichment and can be used to assess lake water quality. Diatoms are the main plant groups that we use because their silica cell walls make them easy to identify under the microscope.

Publication Date: 
14-January-2015
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

Phytobenthos are good indicators of nutrient enrichment and other pressures, and can be used to assess river water quality. Diatoms are the main plant groups that we use because their silica shells are easy to identify under the microscope.

Publication Date: 
14-January-2015
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG