Campaigners urge defence of EU water law

Environmental groups are urging the general public to defend a key piece of EU legislation protecting Europe's lakes and rivers amid a 'fitness check' of widely flouted regulations

Environmental groups are urging the general public to defend a key piece of EU legislation protecting Europe's lakes and rivers, by taking part in a consultation recently launched last as part of a review of the Water Framework Directive.

The directive, dating from 2000, provides legal protection for Europe’s rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and groundwater and prevents potential harm from small hydropower plants, unsustainable agricultural practices, out-of-date flood protection infrastructure and damaging navigation projects.

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