Tag Archives: water quality

Closed – Have your say on ideas for MSFD measures

Survey now closed. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) has been introduced by the European Commission  to bring about Good Environmental Status in our seas. What does this mean? What does Good Environmental Status look like? The aim is to get our seas back to their former glory and for marine activities and industry to

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Closed – Consultation on the establishment of a quantitative reduction headline target for marine litter

The European Commission’s DG Environment has launched a consultation on setting an EU-wide quantitative reduction headline target for marine litter. The consultation runs from 25th September to 18th December 2013. Marine litter was one of the items discussed at the Rio+20 UN Sustainable Development Conference, with delegations committing to take further action to achieve reductions

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The Bathing Water Regulations 2013, Statutory Instrument No. 1675

The Government has published the new Bathing Water Regulations 2013 for England and Wales which came into force on 31 July 2013.  These Regulations replace the Bathing Water Regulations 2008. They take into account the changes in Wales with the formation of Natural Resources Wales and make some important changes with regard to the management

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Predicting Short Term Pollution at our Bathing Beaches – New Trial Starts

The Environment Agency is working with local authority partners across the North West as part of a national trial on the prediction of short term pollution (STP). This trial is taking place at 28 bathing waters across England and 3 in Wales (on behalf of Natural Resources Wales).  The aim is to keep the public

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Closed – UK TAG consultation on river flow for good ecological potential

UK TAG has reviewed its guidance on the classification of ecological potential, first published in 2008,  This has resulted in proposals to better define a default flow regime for good ecological potential in rivers downstream of reservoirs and their intakes.  UK TAG is now consulting on this revised guidance until 16th August 2013.  The draft

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Closed – Bathing Water season length consultation

Defra has launched a consultation on the length of the bathing water season in England. The Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC, revised by 2006/7/EC) sets standards for bathing water quality on designated bathing beaches (freshwater or marine) across Europe. Bathing waters are monitored during the bathing season for compliance with these standards but the Directive does not

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MCS Good Beach Guide 2013

The Marine Conservation Society has published its 2013 Good Beach Guide. The results are based on samples taken during the 2012 bathing season which was a difficult year for bathing water quality due to the excessive rainfall experienced throughout the bathing season. The sewage system has limited capacity so too much rain can result in the

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The Future of the Irish Sea: Strategies for Economic and Environmental Sustainability

Places are still available at the 4SEA Conference -The Future of the Irish Sea: Strategies for Economic and Environmental Sustainability – which is being held at on 12th and 13th March at the Welsh Government Office in Llandudno Junction, North Wales. The conference has been organised by the SUSFISH project (INTERREG 4A). It will provide an arena for

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2011 Water Framework Directive Progress Update

The Environment Agency has published a summary of the 2011 results for surface waters (rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal waters). This summary, and previous reports, can be viewed here.