Environment Agency calls for water consultation

The Environment Agency has opened a consultation on the technical aspects of the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive, designed to create a new approach to the protection, improvement and sustainable use of the region’s water.

The legislation applies to all waters: groundwater, rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters, and will require an integrated approach to management.

“This is a radical directive and its success will depend on partnerships with public bodies, water users, academic organisations and other interested parties,” said Environment Agency Chairman Sir John Harman. “We invite these parties to tell us what they think of our interpretation, so that this important piece of legislation can reach its full potential.”

The consultation document can be found on the Environment Agency’s website. Responses should be sent by 30 September 2002 to Water Framework Directive Technical Co-ordinator, Environment Agency, Evenlode House, Howbery Park, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8BD; or by fax to 01491 828427, or email waterframeworkdirective@environment-agency.gov.uk.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will also be holding two consultations on the directive.

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