Water Framework Directive: Is there a case for ‘thoughtful reform’?

Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan’s recent comments taking aim at the Water Framework Directive’s cornerstone ‘one out, all out’ rule have sparked a fierce row. Bevan says he has no intention of weakening green protections, but campaigners are alarmed. Adam Branson investigates

by Adam Branson
Water quality: only 14% of England's waterways are judged to be in good health under the directive (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Water quality: only 14% of England's waterways are judged to be in good health under the directive (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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