Environment Agency updates groundwater vulnerability maps

The Environment Agency has updated its groundwater vulnerability maps to include improved data and help regulators, planners and developers gauge the likely viability of projects

Groundwater is protected where it is important for drinking water supply and maintaining rivers baseflows. Photograph: Helen Hotson/123RF

The Environment Agency (EA) has updated its groundwater vulnerability maps to include better data mapping, modelling and an improved understanding of the pressures affecting the water bodies..

The maps are used as evidence for the EA’s assessment of groundwater’s exposure to pollution from development and permitted activities. They form part of a suite of groundwater protection tools used by the EA which includes source protection zones, guidance and position statements.

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