Towards the review of the European Union Water Framework Directive: Recommendations for more efficient assessment and management of chemical contamination in European surface water resources

Brack, Werner, Dulio, Valeria, Agerstrand, Marlene, Allan, Ian, Altenburger, Rolf, Brinkmann, Markus, Bunke, Dirk, Burgess, Robert M., Cousins, Ian, Escher, Beate I., Hernandez, Felix J., Hewitt, L. Mark, Hilscherova, Klara, Hollender, Juliane, Hollert, Henner, Kase, Robert, Klauer, Bernd, Lindim, Claudia, Herraez, David Lopez, Miege, Cecil, Munthe, John, O'Toole, Simon, Posthuma, Leo, Ruedel, Heinz, Schaefer, Ralf B., Sengl, Manfred, Smedes, Foppe, van de Meent, Dik, van den Brink, Paul J., van Gils, Jos, van Wezel, Annemarie P., Vethaak, A. Dick, Vermeirssen, Etienne, von der Ohe, Peter C. and Vrana, Branislav (2017) Towards the review of the European Union Water Framework Directive: Recommendations for more efficient assessment and management of chemical contamination in European surface water resources. Science of the Total Environment, 576 720-737. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.104


Author Brack, Werner
Dulio, Valeria
Agerstrand, Marlene
Allan, Ian
Altenburger, Rolf
Brinkmann, Markus
Bunke, Dirk
Burgess, Robert M.
Cousins, Ian
Escher, Beate I.
Hernandez, Felix J.
Hewitt, L. Mark
Hilscherova, Klara
Hollender, Juliane
Hollert, Henner
Kase, Robert
Klauer, Bernd
Lindim, Claudia
Herraez, David Lopez
Miege, Cecil
Munthe, John
O'Toole, Simon
Posthuma, Leo
Ruedel, Heinz
Schaefer, Ralf B.
Sengl, Manfred
Smedes, Foppe
van de Meent, Dik
van den Brink, Paul J.
van Gils, Jos
van Wezel, Annemarie P.
Vethaak, A. Dick
Vermeirssen, Etienne
von der Ohe, Peter C.
Vrana, Branislav
Title Towards the review of the European Union Water Framework Directive: Recommendations for more efficient assessment and management of chemical contamination in European surface water resources
Journal name Science of the Total Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0048-9697
1879-1026
Publication date 2017-01-15
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.104
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 576
Start page 720
End page 737
Total pages 18
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Water is a vital resource for natural ecosystems and human life, and assuring a high quality of water and protecting it from chemical contamination is a major societal goal in the European Union. The Water Framework Directive (WFD) and its daughter directives are the major body of legislation for the protection and sustainable use of European freshwater resources. The practical implementation of the WFD with regard to chemical pollution has faced some challenges. In support of the upcoming WFD review in 2019 the research project SOLUTIONS and the European monitoring network NORMAN has analyzed these challenges, evaluated the state-of-the-art of the science and suggested possible solutions. We give 10 recommendations to improve monitoring and to strengthen comprehensive prioritization, to foster consistent assessment and to support solution-oriented management of surface waters. The integration of effect-based tools, the application of passive sampling for bioaccumulative chemicals and an integrated strategy for prioritization of contaminants, accounting for knowledge gaps, are seen as important approaches to advance monitoring. Including all relevant chemical contaminants in more holistic “chemical status” assessment, using effect-based trigger values to address priority mixtures of chemicals, to better consider historical burdens accumulated in sediments and to use models to fill data gaps are recommended for a consistent assessment of contamination. Solution-oriented management should apply a tiered approach in investigative monitoring to identify toxicity drivers, strengthen consistent legislative frameworks and apply solutions-oriented approaches that explore risk reduction scenarios before and along with risk assessment.
Keyword Safe Operating Space
In-Vitro Bioassays
Basin Specific Pollutants
Passive Sampling Methods
Quality Trigger Values
Organic Contaminants
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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