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Removing tens of thousands of obsolete dams in Europe will bring life back to rivers, says new report

Friday, July 20, 2018

With only 40 percent of Europe’s waterways in good condition, a new study published today calls for tens of thousands of redundant dams and other barriers to be removed to help restore rivers and lakes – boosting wildlife populations and benefiting communities across the continent. A new initiative called Dam Removal Europe aims to start an era of dam removal.

European Waters - status and pressures

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report published this week found that around 40% of monitored rivers, lakes, transitional waters and coastal waters are currently in good ecological status, while only 38% are in good chemical status. 9% of natural rivers are classified as being in high ecological status. The most commonly reported pressure related to ecological status concerns hydromorphological pressures affecting over 40% of surface water bodies. The report includes important statements and conclusions supporting the WFD and recommends better implementation.

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