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The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

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2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“artificial or heavily modified body of surface water” means a body of water designated as artificial or heavily modified in accordance with regulation 15;

“body of water” means a body of groundwater or a body of surface water;

“drinking water protected area” means an area of water identified in accordance with regulation 8;

“environmental objectives”, in relation to the river basin district and the part of each international river basin district falling within Northern Ireland, means the objectives set under regulation 12 in accordance with regulation 13;

“international river basin district” means a river basin district lying partly in Northern Ireland and partly in the Republic of Ireland;

“Northern Ireland” has the meaning given by section 98 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998(1);

“principal offices” means the offices of the Department at 17 Antrim Road, Tonagh, Lisburn, BT28 3AL;

“programme of measures”, in relation to the river basin district and the part of the international river basin district falling within Northern Ireland, means the programme of measures established under regulation 12 in accordance with regulation 20;

“protected area” means an area included on a register in accordance with regulation 10;

“public body” includes Northern Ireland departments, district councils and statutory undertakers, any body established or constituted under a statutory provision and any persons or body who, as a public body and not for their own profit, act under any statutory provision for the improvement of any place or the production or supply of any commodity or service;

“relevant functions” means functions under these Regulations and, so far as material, the enactments listed in Schedule 2;

“river basin district” means the area of land and sea identified by regulation 4(1), made up of a river basin or neighbouring river basins, together with associated groundwater, transitional waters and coastal water, being the main unit for the management of river basins for the purposes of the Directive;

“river basin management plan” means a plan to which Part 6 applies;

“shellfish” means any bivalve or gastropod mollusc;

“shellfish water objectives” means the objectives referred to in regulation 13(4);

“shellfish water protected area” means an area of water designated in accordance with regulation 9;

“status”, in relation to a body of water, is a reference to its surface water status or groundwater status (as the case may be);

“the 2003 Regulations” means the Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003(2);

“the Department” means the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs;

“the Directive” means Directive 2000/60/EC (3) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23rd October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy as last amended by Commission Directive 2014/101/EU(4);

“the EQS Directive” means Directive 2008/105/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on environmental quality standards in the field of water policy(5) as amended by Directive 2013/39/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council(6);

“the Groundwater Directive” means Directive 2006/118/EEC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of groundwater against pollution and deterioration(7) as amended by Commission Directive 2014/80/EU(8);

“the table of priority substances” means the table in Part A of Annex I to the EQS Directive;

“water undertaker” has the same meaning as “relevant undertaker” in the Water and Sewerage Services Order (Northern Ireland) 2006(9).

(2) Expressions used in both these Regulations and the Directive and which are listed in Schedule 1 have the meaning given there.

(3) Expressions used in both these Regulations and the Directive and not otherwise defined in these Regulations have the same meaning for the purposes of these Regulations as they do for the purposes of the Directive.

(4) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(10) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

(3)

OJ L327, 22.12.2000, p.1-73

(4)

OJ L311, 31.10.2014, p.32

(5)

OJ L348, 24.12.2008, p.84

(6)

OJ L226, 24.08.2013, p.1

(7)

OJ L372, 27.12.2006, p.19

(8)

OJ L182, 21.06.2014, p.52-55

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