UK agencies set out river basin management plans

The UK’s environment agencies have all published draft river basin management plans for consultation. They set targets and detail measures that must be followed to achieve the water framework Directive’s target of good ecological status.

The UK environment agencies published draft river basin management plans on 22 December 2008, a key stage of the EU water framework Directive’s implementation.

Twelve plans cover England, Scotland and Wales and three cover Northern Ireland. They analyse water quality problems in each river basin district (RBD) and set targets for achieving good ecological status or, for heavily modified or artificial water bodies, good ecological potentia

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