The UK Technical Advisory Group (UKTAG) sought comments on the scientific principles underpinning the second set of proposals for environmental standards to underpin the implementation of the Water Framework Directive.
This paper examines the role of wetlands in the programme of measures (PoM). Wetland habitats can help to achieve WFD objectives because of their functionality. Wetland loss and degradation has increased the vulnerability of many catchments to negative impacts.
This paper provides the detailed procedures for the translation of the definitions of good groundwater quantitative status outlined in Annex V of the WFD into an operational classification system.
The prioritisation process ranks substances based on their potential exposure in the aquatic environment and hazard to aquatic life.
Operational monitoring will be undertaken in water bodies identified as ‘at risk’ or ‘probably at risk’ of not achieving good status (i.e. 1a and 1b water bodies).
The UK Technical Advisory Group (UKTAG) sought comments on the scientific principles underpinning the first proposals for environmental standards to underpin the implementation of the Water Framework Directive.
The existing ‘No deterioration’ policies applied by the individual agencies, to inform regulatory decisions on new discharges and increases in load for existing discharges, will continue to be applied.
This paper sets out UKTAG’s guidance on a risk-based decision pathway for the determination of “significant damage” to Groundwater Dependent Terrestrial Ecosystems (GWDTEs).