Freshwater - Outlook 2020 (Czech Republic)
A total of 8 % of surface waters and groundwater sites will require more than 15 years to reduce the concentration of nitrate to a level below 50 mg/l.
Plans are being implemented to achieve a good state of water quality in Czech water bodies by 2015. The instruments being applied to achieve this objective are Programmes of Measures, available for each specific river basin under its area plan and for international catchment areas under its International part of the River Basin Management Plans: http://www.mzp.cz/en/water_planning.
The timetable for recovery of waters polluted or threatened by nitrogen pollution from agricultural sources is presented in this Table. The future evaluation estimates are only indicative because of the inevitable uncertainty in forecasting and the delayed effect of measures in the aquatic environment. Surface water profiles and groundwater sites exhibiting a substantial delay in the decrease of nitrate concentrations below a level of 50 mg/l or for which an increase was recorded represent a special category (IV) in the figure. The status of most of these sites confirms the revision of vulnerable zones in 2007. Consequently, greater attention will be focused on these monitoring sites and their river basins and the relevant groundwater areas during implementation of the action programmes. More information: Report of the Czech Republic according to Council Directive 91/676/EEC, 2008.