Rivers still far from good ecological status goal

The EEA has published new statistics highlighting major ecological and chemical problems in Europe's rivers, lakes and coastal areas

More than half of Europe’s surface water bodies do not meet “good” ecological status, the European Environment Agency (EEA) warned on Thursday.

The agency added that more than 40% of Europe’s rivers and coastal waters and one third of lakes are under “significant pressure” from agricultural pollution, and about 25% of Europe’s groundwater bodies have a “poor” chemical status because of high levels of heavy metals and other harmful substances.

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