Water Quality Standards – what is good enough?

We spend a lot of time talking about whether or not a water body meets Water Framework Directive standards – a set of mysterious quality criteria dreamt up (sorry, carefully crafted using the best scientific data) by Eurocrats. Have you ever stopped to wonder exactly what these standards are and how to apply them to a particular reach of river or beck (sorry, Water Body)? If so, here is your chance to fully understand those quality standards (sorry, Parameters).

The Regulations are 66 pages long (so be prepared) and can be accessed by clicking here .

Be prepared. Here is the bit about how to work out the phosphate status of a water body:

WFD Phosphate Standard