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Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003

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9Environmental objectives and programmes of measures
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(1)For the purposes of the river basin management plan for a river basin district SEPA must—

(a)set environmental objectives for each body of water in the district, and

(b)prepare a programme of measures to be applied to achieve those objectives.

(2)In setting environmental objectives and preparing a programme of measures under this section, SEPA must take account of the characterisation of the river basin district concerned (and any review of it) carried out under section 5.

(3)Environmental objectives may be set so as to apply with modifications in relation to particular descriptions of bodies of water or in particular circumstances.

(4)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations make further provision as to the setting of environmental objectives and the preparation of programmes of measures under this section.

(5)Regulations under subsection (4) making provision as to the setting of environmental objectives under this section may, in particular, include provision as to—

(a)the types of environmental objective which may be set for particular descriptions of body of water,

(b)the date by which and the criteria by reference to which such objectives are to be set,

(c)the methods and procedures to be followed in setting such objectives,

(d)the dates by which such objectives are to be achieved,

(e)particular descriptions of bodies of water in relation to which, or particular circumstances in which, such objectives are to apply with modifications.

(6)Regulations under subsection (4) making provision as to the preparation of programmes of measures under this section may, in particular, include provision as to—

(a)the types of measures which must or may be included in such a programme,

(b)the date by which such a programme is to be prepared,

(c)the methods and procedures to be followed in preparing such a programme.

(7)In this section, “environmental objectives” means the objectives required to comply with Article 4 of the Directive together with any objectives required to comply with paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article 7 of the Directive.

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