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The Water Framework Directive: challenges and chances for the Netherlands

Newsitem | 28-08-2006

The European Water Framework Directive stipulates that the quality of groundwater and surface water in the Netherlands should have attained an ecologically adequate level by 2015. A major national challenge is the protection and improvement of the ecological quality of the regional fresh water bodies. As to water quality, the phosphorus loads are the major obstacle for improving the ecological status of the fresh surface waters in the Netherlands.


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