What we Plan to Achieve by 2015 and Beyond - 2009

Date published: 11 December 2009

The Water Framework Directive aims to achieve good status in surface waters and groundwaters and ensure that there is no deterioration in the water quality of these waters. A key requirement in the River Basin Planning process to deliver these aims is the establishment of environmental objectives under article 4 of the Directive that are to be achieved by 2015 or where a phased approach is considered necessary this may be extended to 2021 or 2027.
A substantial proportion of our water bodies within each of the three River Basin Districts covering Northern Ireland are already at good status or better and therefore a primary aim is to prevent deterioration of their current status.

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