The Water Framework Directive
The Water Framework Directive (WFD), passed by the European Council and the European Parliament in the year 2000, set out environmental objectives for surface waters and groundwater in Europe. The aim is, on the one hand, to safeguard and develop good ecological status for surface waters (rivers, standing waters and transitional and coastal waters) and, on the other hand, to maintain and develop good quantitative and chemical status for the groundwater. There is also a requirement to ensure that there is no deterioration in the status of surface waters and groundwater. The management objectives of the WFD are to be achieved by protecting and remediating waters, taking an overall approach to river basins, ensuring public participation and paying equal attention to ecological, economic and social aspects. At the same time, the implementation of the WFD is concerned with the development of uniform European standards in relation to surface waters and groundwater.
The water management activities of NLWKN focus on the practical implementation of the WFD.
Important steps are the documentation of the existing situation regarding the condition of our water and the measures needed to achieve a sustainable improvement in its status. In the years to come, the task will be to initiate and accompany the projects for upgrading Lower Saxony’s rivers, lakes and groundwater. Funds for this purpose are provided by Lower Saxony and the European Union.
Current information is published here:
Lower Saxony contribution to the management plans 2015 to 2021 for the Elbe, Weser, Ems and Rhine river basins
The Lower Saxony contribution to the management plans for the four river basins that lie partly in Lower Saxony summarises the results of the inventory data update, the ecological, chemical and quantitative assessment of the water bodies and the management objectives for Lower Saxony. This basic information has been incorporated in the national and international management plans for the Elbe, Weser, Ems and Rhine river basins.
Lower Saxony contribution to the programmes of measures 2015 to 2021 for the Elbe, Weser, Ems and Rhine river basins
The Lower Saxony contribution to the programmes of measures for the four river basins that lie partly in Lower Saxony includes a list of the legal provisions as basic measures and the types of supplementary measures pursuant to Article 11 of the WFD. The proposed types of measures are intended to initiate a range of measures with the aim of improving the status of surface waters and groundwater to achieve the environmental objectives of the WFD by 2021, or by 2027 at the latest.
River Hase by Haselünne