26 Aug 2009

The Water Framework Directive

While I was in Europe, I heard a lot of people talking about the Water Framework Directive:
The WFD is the most substantial piece of water legislation ever produced by the European Commission, and will provide the major driver for achieving sustainable management of water in the UK and other EU Member States for many years to come.

It requires that all inland and coastal waters within defined river basin districts must reach at least good status by 2015 and defines how this should be achieved through the establishment of environmental objectives and ecological targets for surface waters.

The result will be a healthy water environment achieved by taking due account of environmental, economic and social considerations.
These regulations are aimed at water quality, a luxury for people worried about quantity, i.e., can we get it at all!

Water problems vary from place to place, but they are all driven by the end of abundance -- a change from the good old days of having plenty of good water.

Bottom Line: First we must have water in quantity; then we -- and Nature -- must be able to use it.

hattip to AB