The European Environment Agency (EEA) published the new report on European Waters – status and pressures. Based on the reported data in the river basin management plans, the EEA has found that around 40% of monitored rivers, lakes, transitional waters and coastal waters is currently in good ecological status, while only 38 % is in good chemical status. 9% of natural rivers is classified as being in high ecological status. The most commonly reported pressure related to ecological status concerns hydromorphological pressures affecting over 40% of surface water bodies. The report includes important statements and conclusions supporting the WFD and recommends better implementation. This report will be analysed by the EC as part of the WFD fitness check.
Please see the press release issued by WI EA today at the URL https://europe.wetlands.org/news/new-report-highlights-urgent-need-restore-rivers-europe/ and an article by The Guardian at the URL https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/03/most-of-europes-rivers-and-lakes-fail-water-quality-tests-report .