Groundwater protection position statements

How the Environment Agency carries out government policy for groundwater and adopts a risk-based approach where legislation allows.


The Environment Agency’s approach to groundwater protection

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These position statements describe the Environment Agency’s approach to managing and protecting groundwater. They update Groundwater protection: principles and practice (GP3).

This document helps anyone whose current or proposed activities have an impact on, or are affected by groundwater such as:

  • developers
  • planners
  • environmental permit applicants and holders
  • water abstractors

Many of the approaches set out in the position statements are not statutory but may be included in, or referenced by, statutory guidance and legislation.

Environment Agency staff use these position statements as a framework to make decisions on activities that could impact on groundwater. This clear approach aims to remove uncertainty and potentially inconsistent decision-making.

Published 14 March 2017
Last updated 22 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated The Environment Agency’s approach to groundwater protection.

  2. New position statement and supporting text: J9 National quality mark scheme for land contamination management (NQMS).

  3. First published.