The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report on the quality of Europe’s water. The report finds that EU member states have made marked efforts to improve water quality, by improving wastewater treatment and lowering the runoff of pollutants from farmland. Measures have also been taken to make barriers passable to migrating fish as well as efforts to restore degraded aquatic ecosystems.
While Europe’s ground water bodies, like aquifers, are in good health in most cases, only 40% of monitored lakes, rivers, estuaries and coastal waters achieved the EU Water Framework Directive’s minimum ‘good’ or ‘high’ ecological status during the 2010-2015 monitoring period.
The report gives an updated health check on over 130,000 surface and groundwater bodies monitored by EU member states, based on the data collected and reported from more than 160 River Basin Management Plans covering the period 2010 to 2015.
Source: EEA, 3 July 2018