Consultation outcome

River basin management planning ministerial guidance and standards

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

We received 20 responses to this consultation.

The final guidance has now been published.

Original consultation


Seeking comments on draft updated ministerial guidance on river basin planning including the use of new and updated standards.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our draft updated guidance to the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales on river basin planning.

This guidance includes a description of how the agencies will be expected to use the new and updated standards in classifying the status of water bodies, regulating controlled activities and setting environmental objectives.

A river basin is the area of land that runs or drains down into a river. The Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales produce a river basin management plan for each district to address the main issues to protect and improve our water environment.

You may also be interested in Environment Agency guidance published on Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs).

Comments for Natural Resources Wales should be sent to


Published 1 May 2014
Last updated 31 July 2014 + show all updates
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