Statutory guidance

River basin planning guidance

Statutory guidance on how the Water Framework Directive is being implemented in England and Wales.



This statutory guidance is from the Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers to the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales.

This new guidance is to help them carry out their river basin planning functions for the second planning period 2015 to 2021. The guidance sets out expectations for the main steps and principles of the river basin planning process and the documents the Agencies must produce. The new guidance incorporates and updates the parts of the existing guidance that remain relevant to the second and subsequent planning cycles.

This new guidance replaces Volume 1 (2006) and Volume 2 (2008) of river basin planning guidance.