Defining "Deterioration" - Water; Weser; and the WFD

Defining "Deterioration" - Water; Weser; and the WFD

At the UK Environmental Law Association’s (UKELA) annual conference in Liverpool from 3-5 July 2015, Dr Nicola Notaro, Deputy Head of Water, DG Environment took us through key aspects of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (WFD).

He explained in practical terms the way in which the overall status of surface water and groundwater bodies is assessed, ie against a series of elements, such as macroinvertebrates, aquatic flora, fish etc.


Hot off the press, he referred to the Court of Justice’s decision in Case C‑461/13 Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland eV v Bundesrepublik Deutschland [2015] All ER (D) 15 (Jul) of 1 July 2015, which concerned dredging the River Weser in Germany to enable larger container vessels to call at German ports. The dredging had hydrological and morphological consequences for the river.

The Court delivered a preliminary ruling on whether the concept of a 'deterioration of the st

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Hayley has over ten years’ experience as an environmental lawyer. She commenced her career at Blake Dawson (Ashurst Australia) in Sydney before moving to London in 2006 and practising at Stephenson Harwood and Allen & Overy. Hayley joined LexisNexis in 2010 from the Environment Agency where she advised on environmental law guidance. Outside of work Hayley can be found horse-riding, volunteering in crisis centres or planning her next trip to Africa or South America.