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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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Figure Ecological status or potential of lake water bodies in different Member States (a), and proportion of lake water bodies affected by diffuse pollution and hydromorphology pressures (b)
The graphs illustrate the ecological status of lake water bodies (a) and percentage of lake water bodies affected by diffuse pollution and hydromorphology pressures
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Indicator Assessment chemical/x-pdb Ecological status or potential
More than half of the surface water bodies in Europe are reported to be in less than good ecological status or potential, and will need mitigation and/or restoration measures to meet the WFD objective.  River water bodies and transitional waters are reported to have worse ecological status or potential than water bodies in lakes and coastal waters.
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Figure Ecological status/potential and pollution/hydromorphological pressures of classified river water bodies, according to population density and percentage of arable land in the river basin
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Figure D source code Ecological status/potential of and proportion of water bodies affected by pollution and hydromorphological pressures for transitional (left panel (a, b, c)) and coastal (right panel (d, e, f)) water bodies, by sea region
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Highlight PostScript document Europe's water information at your fingertips
Our demand for water and wastewater discharges, often have a substantial impact on the quality and quantity of freshwater resources. On World Water Day, 22 March, the European Environment Agency (EEA) and partners presented a new and improved version of the web portal Water Information System for Europe (WISE).
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Article Europe's water: efficient use is a must
Clean water is a natural resource vital not only for life on Earth but also for the wellbeing of our societies and economy. However, in many parts of Europe, this valuable resource is coming under increasing pressure, often seen in the form of over-exploitation and pollution.
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Briefing Freshwater quality
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SOER Key fact (Deprecated) Freshwater Quality - key fact 4
A substantial proportion of Europe’s freshwaters are at risk of not achieving good status under the EU Water Framework Directive by 2015 (40 % of surface waters and 30 % of groundwaters, in 2004).
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Freshwater quality — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key facts
SOER Message (Deprecated) Freshwater quality — key message 2
The Water Framework Directive, the single most important piece of legislation relating to the quality of Europe’s fresh and coastal waters, aims to attain good ecological and chemical status by 2015. For a number of freshwater bodies, substantial improvements will be required to meet this target.
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