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Implementing the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003: Principles for Setting Objectives for the River Basin Management Plan

DescriptionThis Policy Statement sets out Ministers' aims for the objective-setting process for river basin management planning under the WEWS Act. It identifies the principles that SEPA should take into account in discharging its statutory duties to deliver effective river basin management planning in the Scotland River Basin District.
ISBN9780755965816
Official Print Publication DateMarch 2007
Website Publication DateMarch 30, 2007

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ISBN 978 0 7559 6581 6 (Web only publication)
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Contents

1. INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background
1.2 Aims of this Policy Statement
1.3 River basin management planning process

2. LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK AND PRINCIPLES
2.1 The Water Framework Directive's objective-setting provisions
2.2 The Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 and associated secondary legislation
2.3 The role of economics in implementing the Water Framework Directive

3. IDENTIFICATION OF RISKS AND PRESSURES
3.1 Pressures in Scotland
3.2 Identification of Heavily Modified and Artificial Water Bodies

4. ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY STANDARDS AND ECOLOGICAL STATUS CLASSES

5. OBJECTIVE SETTING FOR THE RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT PLAN
5.1 Overview
5.2 CAR authorisation reviews
5.3 Good Status and less stringent objectives
5.4 Technical infeasibility and disproportionate cost
5.5 Using regulation innovatively
5.6 New developments

6. PROGRAMME OF MEASURES TO PROTECT AND IMPROVE THE WATER ENVIRONMENT

7. ROLES IN RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT PLANNING
7.1 SEPA's role
7.2 Responsible authorities and Advisory Groups' role
7.3 Ministerial role

8. CONCLUSIONS

ANNEX A OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES