In general, the classification of water bodies describes by how much their condition or status differs from near natural conditions. Water bodies in a near natural condition are at High status, while those whose quality has been severely damaged are at Bad status.
For each water body, the table lists the WFD water body name, the river basin district it's in and whether it's an estuarine or coastal water body. It also shows the total area of the water body in hectares (ha). Water body status Water body status classifications are those reported in Catchment Data Explorer.
The Water Framework Directive (WFD) is European Union legislation under which Great Britain is obliged to meet targets for the ecological and chemical status of waterbodies over the course of the next 15 years. Any works which could affect the hydro-morphology, ecology or water quality of any classified waterbody requires an assessment under the WFD to demonstrate how any adverse impacts will.
Abstract class representing a WFD body of surface water or body of groundwater.
WFD classification method statement 2011 Page 3. 1. Purpose of this document. This document sets out the classification methodology for classifying surface water bodies under the Water Framework Directive (WFD). It is intended to provide an overview of the process and does not go into detail on how specific tools or classification databases work.
Ecological status is an assessment of the quality of the structure and functioning of surface water ecosystems. It shows the influence of pressures (e.g. pollution and habitat degradation) on the identified quality elements. Ecological status is determined for each of the surface water bodies of rivers, lakes, transitional waters and coastal waters, based on biological quality elements and.
Groundwater WFD Classification Status Data (EA) A spreadsheet, produced by the Environment Agency, showing the classification status and environmental objectives for the Water Framework Directive for groundwater bodies across all River Basin Districts in England and Wales.
WFD CIS Guidance Document No. 2 Identification of Water Bodies 3.2.2 Surface water categories A surface water body must not be split between different surface water categories (rivers11, lakes12, transitional waters13and coastal waters14). It must be of one category or another 15.