The Water Framework Directive (WFD) will be implemented through river basin management planning. This page contains more detailed information on how this is happening now, and how it will happen in the future.
A river basin management plan will be produced for each river basin district, every six years.
These districts have been identified and used in river basin management planning to manage the water environment.
Waters in England were divided up in to water bodies in order to understand what work needs to be done. Some of these water bodies fall under special protection, known as protected areas, due to their use or important habitats and species.
As part of the river basin characterisation process, the Environment Agency has assessed the pressures on water bodies, and the risk of failing to achieve the objectives of the Water Framework Directive.
Monitoring will be required to classify water bodies, improve risk assessments and programmes of measures.
Environmental status objectives have been defined for each water body in the current river basin management plans, and will be re-run for the update in 2015.
Find out more about the role of hydromorphology in the Water Framework Directive and request copies of our guides.
A glossary of technical terms used in the River Basin Management Plans and the Water Framework Directive.