A water body is a certain clearly distinguishable part of surface water, such as a lake, a stream, river or a part a stream or river. A groundwater body is a certain volume of water under the surface, a part of a so-called aquifer. The water body is an important entity in the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and enables us to relate water protection to natural hydrological units.
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe's environment.
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