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Press Release Troff document Water quality excellent at most of Europe's bathing sites
The water at Europe's beaches, rivers and lakes was generally of high quality in 2013, with 95 % of these sites meeting minimum requirements. Coastal sites performed slightly better than inland bathing waters, the data shows.
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Indicator Assessment Oxygen consuming substances in rivers (CSI 019) - Assessment DRAFT created Apr 2012
Concentrations of BOD and total ammonium have decreased in European rivers in the period 1992 to 2009 (Fig. 1), mainly due to general improvement in wastewater treatment. See also WISE interactive maps:   Mean annual BOD in rivers and Mean annual Total Ammonium in rivers
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Figure Nitrate concentrations in rivers between 1992 and 2009 in different geographical regions of Europe.
The data series per region are calculated as the average of the annual mean for river monitoring stations in the region. Only complete series after inter/extrapolation are included (see indicator specification). The number of river monitoring stations included per geographical region is given in parentheses.
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Indicator Assessment Nutrients in freshwater (CSI 020) - Assessment DRAFT created Apr 2012
•    Average nitrate concentrations in European groundwaters increased from 1992 to 1998, but have declined again since 2004. •    The average nitrate concentration in European rivers decreased by approximately 13% between 1992 and 2009 (from 2.5 to 2.1 mg/l N), reflecting the effect of measures to reduce agricultural inputs of nitrate. •    Average orthophosphate concentrations in European rivers have decreased markedly over the last two decades, being halved between 1992 and 2009 (52% decrease). Also average lake phosphorus concentration decreased over the period 1992-2009 (by 22%), the major part of the decrease occurring in the first half of the period. The decrease in phosphorus concentrations reflects both improvement in wastewater treatment and reduction in phosphorus in detergents. •    Overall, reductions in the levels of freshwater nutrients over the last two decades primarily reflect improvements in wastewater treatment. Emissions from agriculture continue to be a significant source.
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Figure Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD5) and total ammonium concentrations in rivers between 1992 and 2007
Numbers of river monitoring stations in brackets
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Figure Projected change in average annual and seasonal river flow
Projected change in mean annual and seasonal river flow between the climate change scenario (SRES A1B, 2071-2100) and the control period (1961-1990). Simulations with LISFLOOD based on an ensemble of 11 RCMs.
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GIS Map Application Macroinvertebrates in rivers
This map shows the ecological status (i.e. status or potential) of macroinvertebrates in European rivers (i.e. rivers and canals) potentially impacted by general degradation. The ecological status class of a country's waterbodies (or stations) is assessed by each country according to their national classification system, following the Water Framework Directive. The assessment may be based by one or more samples measured during the year of reporting. The purpose of this map is to show ecological status of individual biological quality elements (BQEs) and the major impact types. In comparison, the map layer "Ecological status or potential of water bodies" in the WFD Surface Water Viewer (http://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/water/interactive/soe-wfd/wfd-surface), displays ecological status or potential based on all BQEs combined, represented by the BQE with the worst class (the "one-out-all-out" principle). Moreover, the maps based on SoE-WISE biological data will be updated yearly, whereas the WFD database will be updated every 6th year.
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Figure Number of days with water temperature higher than 23 oC in the river Rhine (Lobith, the Netherlands) 1909-2003
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Figure Ecoregions for rivers and lakes
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Figure Ecological status or potential of classified river water bodies in different Member States (a), and proportion of river water bodies affected by diffuse pollution and hydromorphology pressures (b)
The graphs illustrate the ecological status of river water bodies (a) and percentage of river water bodies affected by diffuse pollution and hydromorphology pressures
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