The EU Water Framework Directive is perhaps the most forward looking piece of water legislation in the world. It takes a comprehensive catchment based approach to water management and, for the first time, gives us the opportunity to work together to overcome the problems experienced in our natural waters. It fosters cooperative working between local authorities and various stakeholders and is designed to overcome a “single issue” approach by recognising that all of society benefits and impacts our waters. The Directive aims to prevent any deterioration in the quality of our waters and to ensure that all waters reach good ecological status.
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