This paper provides an outline of the methods that will be used to report confidence in the classification of groundwater bodies. It should be read in conjunction with UK Technical Advisory Group (UKTAG) papers 11b(i) and 11b(ii), which provide guidance on groundwater classification.
This report on the classification of surface waters is one of a series of reports by UKTAG to the UK administrations setting out UKTAG's recommendations and proposals on how waters should be classified for the purposes of the Water Framework Directive. It also sets out UKTAG's recommendations on how the information provided through classification should be used in the river basin management planning process.
This document provides guidance on the requirements and methods for identifying and assessing statistically and environmentally significant trends in pollutant concentrations and natural parameters in groundwater.
This paper provides guidance on establishing groundwater monitoring programmes to meet the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). These programmes include both quantitative and chemical (quality) monitoring for status and trend assessment and monitoring to support (ground) water body characterisation, ‘prevent and limit’ obligations and Drinking Water Protected Area (DWPA) objectives.
The paper sets out UKTAG’s guidance on the:a) the high-level principles that influence the need for less stringent objectives (LSOs) (or ‘lower objectives’) for groundwater bodies;b) an approach used in 2004 to identify initial list of groundwater bodies that will require less stringent objectives. The approach that is described in this paper may be simplified in order to suit individual circumstances.
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.
This paper provides guidance on the spatial and scale issues that should be considered in the assessment of data and classification of groundwater bodies, as required by the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Groundwater Daughter Directive (GWD).
Characterisation of risk is a requirement of Article 5 and Annex II of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD).
The United Kingdom’s Technical Advisory Group on the Water Framework Directive (the UKTAG) is developing a classification system for the chemical and quantitative status of groundwater. Such a system is a requirement of the Directive.The UKTAG is a working group drawn from the environment agencies, supported by comments and views from conservation agencies1. It provides technical advice to these agencies and to the UK’s government administrations. The UKTAG also includes representatives from the Republic of Ireland.