The European Water Framework Directive came into force in December 2003. It provides an opportunity to plan and deliver a better water environment. The Water Framework Directive requires that all European Member states’ waterbodies reach Good Ecological Status or Potential by 2027.
The Environment Agency has assessed the ecology of the River Lea in London by monitoring fish, plants, insects, algae and other indicators, including phosphate and oxygen levels.
The results confirm the River Lea in London is at Bad Ecological Status.