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 surface water and groundwater bodies in each River Basin District are liable to be subject; and(b) Carry out an assessment of the risk that these bodies will fail to meet the Directive’s environmental objectives.
The Programmes of Measures will be designed to support and achieve the objectives of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). In the first instance the programme of measures will aim to achieve good status and prevent deterioration in status and achieve other priorities under WFD (e.g. Protected Areas obligations). It will be based on environmental standards developed for assessing water quality and hydromorphology which support protecting the biology.
The UK Technical Advisory Group on the Water Framework Directive (UKTAG) is developingenvironmental standards1 and conditions to underpin the implementation of the Directive. TheUKTAG is a working group of experts drawn from environment agencies and conservationagencies2.The UKTAG provides technical advice to the UK’s government administrations and the memberagencies of the UKTAG. The UKTAG also includes representatives from the Republic ofIreland.A technical report on proposals for a first set of standards and conditions was published forreview in 2006 .
The UK Technical Advisory Group on the Water Framework Directive (UKTAG) is developing environmental standards1 and conditions to underpin the implementation of the Directive.The UKTAG is a working group of experts drawn from environment and conservation agencies2. It was formed to provide technical advice to the UK’s government administrations and its own member agencies. The UKTAG also includes representatives from the Republic of Ireland.This is a technical report that presents the first set of environmental standards and conditions proposed by the UKTAG.
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. The report Proposals for a Groundwater Classification System and it’s Application in Regulation was one of three reports released for stakeholder review and made available on the UKTAG website.This document is intended to represent the main points of responses received. It summarisesthe key issues along with the response of the UKTAG.