Anglo-Welsh water impacts report released
A detailed characterisation of pressures and impacts on water bodies in England and Wales has been released by the countries' environment agency. Under the 2000 water framework directive (WFD) all EU states are required to submit such characterisations by 22 March next year. Most are making good progress towards this goal, even for complex international river basins like the Danube and the Rhine, according to the European Commission. Environmental group RSPB warned that the Anglo-Welsh characterisation showed Britain faced major challenges in implementing the WFD. See Anglo-Welsh characterisation atlas and WFD implementation deadlines.