Thursday, 10 November 2016

River Water Quality Continues To Decline: Salmon at increased risk

Outlook Progress with Water Framework Targets (EPA: 2016)
"The slow progress in improving the ecological status of surface waters means that new approaches are needed. The target of 13.6% improvement in ecological status for surface waters from the 2009 baseline by 2015 included in the first cycle RBMPs has not been achieved (EPA, 2015b, 2016a). Instead, the overall situation has not changed during the first river basin planning cycle. A radically different approach is required to target management measures to where they are needed. There is an opportunity to improve implementation under the new water governance structures recently put in place and by using the integrated catchment management approach supported by better evidence and science."