Quality element status

Dashboard (Tableau)
Prod-ID: DAS-45-en
Published 03 Jul 2018
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Ecological status is determined for rivers, lakes, and transitional and coastal waters based on biological quality elements (phytoplankton, macrophytes, phytobenthos, benthic invertebrate fauna and fish) and supporting physico-chemical (nutrients, oxygen condition, temperature, transparency, salinity and river basin specific pollutants (RBSPs) and hydromorphological quality elements. The WFD specifies which elements are to be assessed for each water category and requires that biological and supporting quality elements achieve at least good status. The dashboards provide overview of the different results related to ecological status of quality elements. Further dashboards are available below.

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Caution is advised when comparing Member States and when comparing the first and second RBMPs, as the results are affected by the methods Member States have used to collect data and often cannot be compared directly.

Further information is provided in a Draft guide to dashboards on quality element status, in the chapter 3 of the EEA report European waters – assessment of status and pressures 2018, and section 2.4 Ecological status and exemptions of the WFD 2016 reporting guidance.

Further information on surface water quality element status is available in following dashboards:

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