The Water Framework Directive

Issue date: 5th February 2013

IWA's Restoration Committee has put together some information about the effect the Water Framework Directive has on restoring disused river navigations.

The ‘Water Framework Directive’ (WFD), enforced in 2000, required European Union member governments to incorporate it in national legislation within three years. DEFRA is the government department responsible in England and Wales, and the Environment Agency is the Competent Authority responsible for delivering results.

The WFD requires that the ‘ecological status’ of every ‘water body’ is assessed. Water bodies may be catchments of a large stream, lakes, or sections of main river between gauging stations (or a groundwater body or a section of coast). 

See the full information on the Water Framework Directive and its effect on restoring disused river navigations