EU Water Framework Directive Monitoring Programme - EPA

Prepared to meet the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) and National Regulations implementing the Water Framework Directive (S.I. No. 722 of 2003) and National Regulations implementing the Nitrates Directive (S.I. No. 788 of 2005)

Summary: Outlines the Irish national monitoring programme for rivers, lakes, groundwater, coastal and transitional waters meeting the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive.

Published: 2006

Pages: 195

 

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Executive Summary

The Water Framework Directive (WFD), Directive 2000/60/EC, was adopted in 2000 as a single piece of legislation covering rivers, lakes, groundwater and transitional (estuarine) and coastal waters. Its objectives include the attainment of good status in water bodies that are of lesser status at present and retaining good status or better where such status exists at present.

The WFD requires the establishment of two primary monitoring programmes: the Surveillance Monitoring (SM) and the Operational Monitoring (OM) networks for surface waters and groundwater. In the case of groundwater monitoring a separate quantitative monitoring programme is required. The role of Investigative Monitoring is also outlined as appropriate within each water category section. These programmes are required to be operational by 2006.

The print document comprises of 3 parts. Part 1 is the main report and provides an overview of the WFD monitoring programme for all water categories: Rivers, Lakes, Transitional and Coastal waters; Groundwater and Canals.  It also deals with Quality Control and Quality Assurance; Precision and Confidence of Monitoring Programmes, and Data Management and Reporting.

Part II provides a detailed breakdown of the WFD monitoring programme for each water category. For each water category, subnets are defined; the elements to be covered are outlined and the frequency of monitoring is specified for each network. Links to the main rivers, lakes, groundwater programmes are given above.

Part III summarises the dynamic electronic appendices to the monitoring programme and instructions for those interested in obtaining updates of the programme. These links to the main rivers, lakes, groundwater programmes are shown above in the monitoring programme downloads list.