Characterisation of risk is a requirement of Article 5 and Annex II of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD).
Following the publication of the first River Basin Management Plans and in response to queries about the differences in nitrate threshold values, the UKTAG Groundwater Task Team has re-evaluated the methodology for calculating threshold values.
The Directive’s requirements with respect to wetlands and groundwaters are linked to the environmental objectives Article 4 1b, to be applied to and monitored for achieving Good Groundwater Status (both quantitative and chemical) and as outlined in Article 4, Annex 5 of the Directive.
As part of a review of the impact of human activity on the status of waters (the pressures and impacts analysis), Article 5 and Annex II of the Water Framework Directive require Member States to:(a) Collect and maintain information on the type and magnitude of the significant pressures to which
The paper sets out UKTAG’s guidance on the framework for the identification of, and assessments of ‘type-specific’ risk thresholds for deciding if a water body is likely to fail to achieve the ‘good status’ objectives in relation to existing biological classification schemes and monitoring data
The aim of this document is to provide guidance on:(a) Pressures likely to cause alterations to the morphological conditions of surface waters;(b) Morphological data required for carrying out risk assessments for Article 5 analyses;and(c) Morphological pressure thresholds above which water bodie
The paper sets out UKTAG’s guidance on the framework for the identification of, and assessments of risks from, abstraction and flow regulation pressures on river, lake, transitional and coastal water bodies as required by Article 5 of the Directive.