EU water framework directive News

  • BRIDGE provides thresholds for EU Water Framework Directive

    The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) defines chemical status objectives for groundwater and related monitoring obligations but does not yet provide criteria to assess chemical status compliance. Now researchers from EU project BRIDGE (Background Criteria for the Identification of Groundwater Thresholds) have investigated 14 representative bodies of groundwater and developed thresholds that can ...

  • ERM-CE102: a new certified reference material for polybrominated flame retardants in fish

    PBDEs are toxic and endocrine-disruptive substances that have to be monitored in the environment (EU Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC) and in food (Commission Recommendation 2014/118/EU). Despite the ban and restriction on their production and use since 15 years, PBDEs are bio-accumulative contaminants still found ubiquitously in our environment and food. They are regulated by the EU Water ...

  • Plastic Rainwater Tanks to Counter Water Abstraction Limits

    Water was high on the agenda at this year’s Cereals event.  As reported by Farmers Weekly, speaking at an Oxford Farming Conference-organised seminar at the event, Andrew Blenkiron, manager of the Euston Estate, Thetford, echoed the concerns of many over the water abstraction limits suggested by Defra and the Environmental Agency. The water extraction limits on the volume of water that ...


    By ENDURAMAXX Storage Tanks

  • CDM acquires Polish environmental project design firm CTBK Ekotechnika

    CDM, the global consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm, announces the acquisition of the Polish environmental project design company CTBK Ekotechnika, headquartered in Warsaw. CTBK, established in 1951, provides a full range of services including feasibility studies, conceptual and detailed design, and contract supervision to a broad set of public and private clients in ...


    By CDM Smith, Inc.

  • Modifying urban rivers to increase biodiversity

    Urban rivers are typically heavily-engineered and polluted with degraded habitats. They are therefore a priority for biodiversity restoration. Research suggests that relatively simple modifications to river walls may potentially encourage biodiversity by significantly improving habitats for plants and animals. The EU’s Water Framework Directive requires good ecological status in surface waters by ...

  • Endress+Hauser at IFAT 2018

    At this year’s IFAT (14–18 May 2018 in Munich, Germany), Endress+Hauser will be presenting its portfolio under the motto “Water is life”. With a thorough understanding of the requirements of the water & wastewater industry, the experts for process automation will be on hand to introduce visitors to the company’s range ...


    By Endress Hauser AG

  • Renfrewshire Council selects Cities Revealed LiDAR for flood modelling

    The GeoInformation® Group, publishers of Cities Revealed aerial photography announce today its continued contribution to flood prediction modelling with the supply of a LiDAR survey to Renfrewshire Council. Renfrewshire Council required highly accurate and detailed real-world height data to create a digital terrain model to generate an accurate overland flow boundary for extreme storm ...


    By Verisk Analytics

  • Geo-engineering to clean up decades of phosphorus pollution in lakes

    Phosphorus is the biggest cause of water quality degradation worldwide, causing ‘dead zones’, toxic algal blooms, a loss of biodiversity and increased health risks for the plants, animals and humans. This threatens the loss of economic and social benefits from freshwaters. Miquel Lurling of the Aquatic Ecology group was lead author of a special issue of Water Research on the control ...

  • Determining the good status of groundwater in the EU

    Groundwater standards in Member States are to be established by the end of 2008, according to the European Union's new Groundwater Directive. Recent research has developed a new method to determine the chemical status of groundwater which is applicable across the EU. This procedure has been assessed by testing the quality of the groundwater of the Upper Rhine Valley in Germany, Switzerland and ...

  • Challenges in agricultural pollution policy

    Concerns about the impact of agricultural pollution on the environment have led to national and international efforts to limit water pollution, such as the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). New UK research highlights a number of key issues for policy makers in this area relating to monitoring and modelling pollution levels. Much improvement has been made in water protection in Europe, in both ...

  • Helping the EU Member States in monitoring the water quality: two new Certified Reference Materials for the analysis of priority organic pollutants in

    The JRC released two new certified reference materials (CRMs) to support the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC, WFD). These new CRMs, representative of water and biota routine samples, will help ensuring the quality and comparability of the results generated by the analytical laboratories officially appointed by the EU Member States in the context of the ...

  • Testing ecological toxicity in rivers

    Water quality in rivers is commonly classified according to its physical and chemical properties, but this may not fully describe its biological health. Polish researchers have tested a new method of water assessment, which looks at the toxicity to organisms of not just water, but also sediment and floodplain soil samples. This provides a more complete picture of a river's health and may help ...

  • River water quality in England and Wales improves for 18th consecutive year

    Data released by the Environment Agency shows that the quality of water in rivers in England and Wales continues to improve. Figures from the Environment Agency’s annual General Quality Assessment (GQA) show that 76 per cent of English rivers, and 95 per cent of those in Wales, achieved ‘very good’ or ‘good’ status in terms of chemical water quality in 2007, up from 55 and 86 per cent ...

  • Isotopes used to trace origins of water pollution in Danube River

    The Danube shows signs of improving water quality and still contains significant natural populations of flora and fauna which are typical for such a large river. This is according to a recent study conducted by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), with assistance from IAEA hydrologists. The ICPDR study, called the Joint Danube River Survey 2 Report, ...

  • Putting a price on water quality

    One way to clean-up water pollution is to award 'credits' to facilities that reduce their emissions. These credits can then be traded with other facilities to compensate for pollution outputs. This controls overall pollutions levels, while creating an economic incentive to reduce emissions. Research using models that simulate water quality has been used to establish the value of these credits and ...

  • Report on the implementation of EU water legislation: there is progress, but still work to do

    The first Communication and the two reports published today by the new Commission show how water policies can be a source of green and blue economic growth, with water management technologies at the heart of eco-innovation. The EU Water Framework Directive sets a framework at European level that aims to ensure clean water in sufficient quantities for people and nature, and for use in economic ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • New tiered-approach to assessing hazardous substance levels in water

    Debate exists as to whether environmental concentrations of the hazardous substance hexachlorobenzene (HCB) should be measured in water or in wildlife when assessing compliance with environmental quality standards (EQS). New research has proposed a method to calculate concentrations in water that best represent critical levels in wildlife, and a tiered approach to compliance assessment that ...

  • Nitrogen pollution measures need tailoring to specific areas to ensure cost-effective results

    New research has shown that policy measures in Denmark have successfully reduced total nitrogen loading to 10 estuaries by 39% in recent decades. However, to fully meet the targets of the EU Nitrates Directive and comply with the EU Water Framework Directive in a cost-effective manner, further mitigation measures must be tailored and focused to particular areas. Increased use of ...

  • Dialogue aims to reduce impacts from dam building in Dinaric Arc

    Careful design and operation of water and hydropower infrastructure can provide for development and economic needs with minimal impact on the people and natural assets of the Dinaric Arc, WWF is to tell a major conference in Croatia. The conference in Dubrovnik, organised by WWF with the support of the World Bank, the Global Water Partnership and the International Hydropower Association, will ...


    By WWF International

  • Quality of urban waterways found to affect bat populations and biodiversity

    Urban waterways can provide foraging opportunities for a range of bat species. However researchers have found that bats in the UK are negatively affected by high levels of invasive plant species and urban development near waterways. The researchers highlight the value these often disregarded urban spaces can have for ecosystems, and suggest ways to improve the biodiversity of waterways. ...

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