Water Framework Directive and its relation to abstraction and discharges
The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) is currently the single most important piece of legislation in the water environment and covers surface waters (rivers, lakes, ponds, etc.), estuaries, coastal areas and groundwater. Its principal aim is to achieve “Good Ecological Status” for all waterbodies by 2015 and where this is not possible by 2021 or 2027. The WFD has been implemented in UK law and is used day to day in managing (site) emissions to water, as well as environmental permitting for discharges and abstractions. All construction works in or near to water also require compliance assessment under the WFD.
The objective of the training course would be to provide you or your staff with an overview of the principles and practical implementation of the WFD, to be better informed of how this important policy affects your day-to-day job roles.
Topics would include:
- the WFD planning cycle;
- WFD monitoring;
- assessing WFD status for water quality and ecology;
- Heavily Modified Water Bodies (HMWB);
- objective setting and the concept of ‘no deterioration’.
With sufficient applicants for a single company or site, we can tailor the course to be specific to your site and its interactions with the local waterbodies. We can also alter the course to include a practical demonstration, though we recommend this to be covered on a separate day.
Contact us to find out more about this service.